Matteo Sandona, a California portrait, still life and figure painter and etcher, was primarily known for his portraiture. He was born in Schio, Italy, in 1883 and was raised in the Alps. As a child he showed talent in drawing and modeling, and his parents encouraged his creative desire. Seeing the potential of his son, Francesco Sandona moved to the United States in 1891 to pave the way for a better life for his family. He later sent for his family, and settled by 1894, the children began parochial school attendance at the Sacred Heart Academy.
Young Matteo Sandona's teachers soon recognized his artistic skill, and at the age of twelve, he was chosen to teach art to his classmates. Realizing after two years in New Jersey a misse
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