(1920 - 2013)
Sal (Salvatore) Sirugo was active/lived in New York / Italy. Sal Sirugo is known for abstract expressionist painting.
Biography Sal Sirugo
Born in Sicily in 1920, Sal Sirugo came to the United States in 1937; his father, who had emigrated 15 years earlier, brought his children to America one by one. Sirugo took work with the Civilian Conservation Corps, first as a firefighter in Idaho and later, as a mason at Watkins Glen State Park in upstate New York. Drafted into the war in 1942, he sustained serious injuries and earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He took up drawing during more than three years of recuperation in veterans' hospitals, including one at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. While there, he visited the Barnes Foundation and saw a Matisse exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
In 1948, he began formal art study at the Brooklyn Museum Art School and