Victor Di Gesu (1914-1988)
He met fellow artist, Janet Ament de la Roche while studying art at the Chouinard and Jepson Art Institutes in Los Angeles and they soon married. Eager to escape the "Sanity in Art" movement that had swept across the United States, they spent four years in Europe on the GI Bill and attended the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris, the Escuela de Belles Artes de San Jorge in Barcelona and schools in Italy. Both studied with Andre L'Hote, Yves Brayer and Jean Aujame and Victor also worked with Carlo Socrate.
Their works have received world wide recognition with exhibitions at numerous major galleries in Europe and the United Sates, including the Louvre, the Grand Palais in the Salon d'Automne, San Francisco Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum, San Francisco Civic Center and the Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art.
In 1956, they returned to the US and built a home in Pacific Grove, California. Shortly thereafter, prominent artist, Armin Hansen, promoted and sponsored Victor and Janet for membership into the Carmel Art Association.
Los Angeles Art Center, Los Angeles, California
Chouinard's, Los Angeles, California
Jepson's, Los Angeles, California
Academie de la Grande Chauniere, Paris, France
Academie Andre L'Hote, Paris, France
Escuela de Belles Artes de San Jorge, Barcelona, Spain
Studio Hinna, Rome, Italy
Preston Dickenson, Stanley B. Reckless, Lawrence Murphy
F.Tolles Chamberlain, Yves Brayer, Edouard Goerg
Jean Aujaume, Andre L'Hote, Carlo Socrate
Earl Kerkam, Maynard Jepson
San Francisco Museum of Art, 1948
Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, California
San Francisco Civic Center, San Francisco, California
Salon D'Automne - Grand Palais, Paris, France
Louvre - Paris, France
Exposition des Artists Etrangers a Paris
Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art 1982
Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, California
Carmel Art Association, Carmel, California
James Reisner Fine Art, Carmel, California
Gerry Byrne Fine Art, Carmel, California
Victor also taught art on the Monterey Peninsula from 1970 until his death in 1988.
Victor Di Gesu was featured by the Carmel Art Association in their 75th Anniversary Historical Exhibition, (August 8 - September 4, 2002). This special exhibit bridges the seventy five years of its existence with paintings by seventy five deceased members who played an integral role in its history, as well as presenting new works by its present members.
In 1948, Victor Di Gesu was invited to submit two paintings for the most important San Francisco Art event of the year. An oil painting, Torso of a Woman, was accepted for exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Art. Fellow artists chosen to exhibit included Bay Area Figurists Richard Diebenkorn, Samuel Francis, Frank Lobdell, David Park, Elmer Bischoff, Hassel Smith and Barbara Stevenson (Judith Deim).
Information courtesy of Jonathan Clark