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Giovanni Martino

 (1908 - 1997)
Giovanni Martino was active/lived in Pennsylvania.  Giovanni Martino is known for landscape and marine painting, commercial art.

Giovanni Martino

Biography from the Archives of askART

The following is from Babette Martino, daughter of the artist:

Giovanni Martino, National Academy of Design* member, was born on May 1, 1908 in Philadelphia PA where all seven brothers and one sister, Filomina, Frank, Antonio, Albert, Ernest, Giovanni, Edmond, and William became painters.  They were under the tutelage of their eldest brother, Frank, who in the late 1920s, founded the first commercial art* studio, Martino Studios, at 27 South 18th Street.

Besides studying with his two eldest brothers, Giovanni also studied with Albert Jean Adolph at La France Institute, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts*, The Graphic Sketch Club, and Spring Garden Institute in Philadelphia.  In his mid teens he accompanied his two eldest brothers to New Hope searching for subjects to paint.  In the 1930s, he also started to paint in Manayunk, a hilly mill town along the Schuylkill River.  At this time he signed his paintings M. Giovanni.

These colorful impressionistic* works proceeded more thinly painted dramatically poetic street scenes of the mill town.  These images developed into impasto* laden oils in the 1960's with some of the paintings worked with a palette knife*.

In Manayunk, he was a common sight on the streets and sidewalks, painting on-the-spot with his wife, Eva Marinelli and his two daughters, Nina & Babette.  In the 1980's and 90's he also painted in Conshohocken and Norristown with his
youngest daughter, Babette.  His paintings became more sharply executed like his earlier work but were more colorful.  In the late '90's he worked in his studio to enlarge paintings.

He is the recipient of over 100 awards and honors.  He received the Benjamin Altman Prize in Landscape Painting in 1975 at the National Academy of Design, NYC where he was elected an Academician (NA) in 1944.  He mentored not only his wife and two daughters but also taught at Lehigh University and the Graphic Sketch Club, Philadelphia.

He died at his home in Blue Bell on February 1, 1997.

* (From AskART) For more in-depth information about these terms and others, see Glossary

Biography from Newman Galleries
Giovanni Martino was born in Philadelphia in 1908.  At the age of 16, he was apprenticed to W.P. Schoonmaker for two years, studying commercial art*. He studied at the Spring Garden Institute, La France Art Institute and the Philadelphia Sketch Club*.  He was also an Academician of the National Academy of Design*.

Martino was awarded prizes from: The Philadelphia Art Alliance*, 1934; The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1940; DaVinci Alliance, 1939, 1940, 1944; The National Academy of Design, 1941, 1942; The Woodmere Art Gallery, 1941; The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts*, 1942; Sweat Memorial Museum, 1946; State Teachers College, 1946; and Pepsi Cola, 1946.

He has exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts*, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and at the Golden Gate Exposition in San Francisco in 1939.

The artist died in 1997.

* (From AskART) For more in-depth information about these terms and others, see Glossary

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About  Giovanni Martino

Born:  1908 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died:   1997 - Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
Known for:  landscape and marine painting, commercial art