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 Louis diValentin  (1907 - 1982)

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Lived/Active: New York/District Of Columbia / Italy      Known for: portrait and religious figure sculpture, illustration, painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from Peter Kostoulakos, AOA, NEAA: Fine Art Consultant,

Louis diValentin — painter, sculptor, and illustrator — was born in Arba, province of Udine, about 60 km from Venice on November 21,1907 and by 1946 he is recorded as living and working from his studio at 121 Inwood Road, Scarsdale, NY.

His art education includes study in Italy, the Art Students League in New York City, the California School of Fine Arts, and the Corcoran School of Art.

His exhibitions include the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC in 1945; the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburg, PA from 1942 to 1945; the National Academy of Design, New York City in 1947 and was awarded a prize; the Toledo Museum of Art from 1943 to 1945; the Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, MA from 1943 to 1945; the Milch Gallery, New York City during the 1940s; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia in 1945; and in Cambridge, MA in 1944 and 1945.  His exhibitions also include one-man shows at the Hammer Galleries, New York City in 1975 and the Bacardi Art Museum, Miami, Florida in 1976.

Maria (1911-1985) and Louis diValentin co-authored several books, most of which were illustrated by Louis. Titles include: Candle Making, 1974; Color in Oil Painting, 1966; Practical Encyclopedia of Crafts, 1970; Sculpture for Beginners, 1965; The Everyday Pleasures of Sculpture, 1966; Sculpture for Beginners, 1969; and Sculpture for Beginners With Clay and Wax, 1976.

In Washington, DC, diValentin's work is represented at the National Cathedral, the Catholic University, and St. Matthews Cathedral. Several sculptural works are listed in the Smithsonian Art Inventories Catalog: three at the Lincoln Hall School in Lincolndale, NY titled Abraham Lincoln, Moses the Lawgiver, and St. John the Baptist de LaSalle; one titled Velocity of Light at the United States Naval Academy; and St. Pius X is at the Society of the Atonement in Garrison, NY.

Louis passed away August 27, 1982 in Fairfax, Virginia where he is interred near other family members. Although no death date could be found in the standard reference books nor art subject books being published during the 1960s and 1970s, the Virginia Tombstone Project, 1913 -1977 (found on the internet) displays a photograph of a tombstone with the following information: Louis diValentin, US Coast Guard, World War II, Nov. 21, 1907 Aug. 27, 1982.

Mantle Fielding's artist reference (1986 edition) lists Louis diValentin's birth date as November 21, 1908. This birth date is close and makes one wonder, but this may (or may not) be the same person.

Comment from artist’s son, Val diValentin: "This is the same person and the tombstone does in fact have the correct dates on it – just can’t always trust the internet! Mom is in the same plot as she chose cremation; they were together 24/7 for 42 years anyway since they both worked at home. She had a doctorate in law from Catholic University where they met while he was teaching Art. Maria Messuri diValentin never practiced law but translated foreign law books into English and authored many art and several childrens’ books."

References: Who Was Who in American Art, 1999, page 923; Davenport's Art Reference 2003/2004, pages 550, 554, 563; Mantle Fielding, 1986, page 225; Dealer's Choice Biographical Encyclopedia of American Painters... page 336; Smithsonian Institution Research Information System; and Val diValentin.

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