Born near Naples, Italy on June 16, 1901. Napolitano immigrated with his family to Los Angeles in 1912. Between 1920-25 he worked as a machinist-toolmaker while studying at the Otis Art Institute under Julia Wendt and F. Tolles Chamberlin. After a course in ceramics at Alfred University, in 1930 he returned to Europe to study at the Berlin Academy of Fine Art and Kunstgewerbe Schule in Munich. Returning to Los Angeles, he was apprenticed to muralist Herman Sachs while on the Public Works of Art Project. Regional Director of the PWAP, Merle Armitage, wrote a book on his work entitled Napolitano (E. Weyhe, NY, 1935). He taught sculpture at Chouinard in 1937-38. He died in Los Angeles on Sept. 16, 2001. Exh: Calif. Art Club, 1924 (Mrs.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"American Art Annual
1925; California Arts and Architecture list, 1932; Who's Who in American Art
1940; Southern California Artists
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