Known as Riccardo Dane Chanase, Richard Dane Chanase, Richard D. Chanase or just Dane Chanase, he was born in Palermo, Italy. According to various sources, he was born either October 21, 1896, 1895, or 1894. October 21, 1894 is the date listed on his WWI draft registration card, on his WWII draft card registering him for the WPA NYC Art War Service, and on the Social Security Death Index. Chanase was a US veteran of WWI.
He studied with George Bridgman, Paul Baudouin and Maurice Denis and his work is in the collections of the Los Angeles Museum of Art; Bezalel National Museum; Brooklyn Museum; Library of Congress; New York Public Library.
Chanase exhibited in Paris, France in 1931 (solo); International Aero. Art Exhibition, 1937 (prize); Architectural League; National Society of Mural Painters; Brooklyn Museum; Brooklyn Society of Artists; Society of American Graphic Artists; Whitney Museum of American Art; American Veterans Society of Artists; Art USA, 1958; Society of Independent Artists.
He received a medal from the French Government in 1930.
In his last years he lived in a modest house in Seagate Coney Island, Brooklyn N.Y which overlooked the Atlantic Ocean and the Varazano Narrows; the beach was his backyard. Chanase died July 15, 1975 in Brooklyn, NY. He was married to Sheva Ausubel (1896-1957) an accomplished artist in her own right and an active artist member of the W.P.A. art program.
Who's Who in American Art 1959; 1947
Additional information provided by John C. Caputi