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Lived/Active: Virginia/Massachusetts      Known for: mod still life, landscape

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Luciano Ippolito was born on 25 October 1914, in Pittsfield, MA, of Italian ancestry. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1932 as a private and remained in the service until 1957 when he retired in the grade of Liutenant Colonel.

He began training in the fine arts in 1949 at the Stadelsches Kunstunstitut, Frankfurt, Germany under Theo Gravé, a traditionalist and a student of Max Beckmann. There he also met and attended seminars given by Max Beckmann on the "New Objectivity". He attended the College of William and Mary for one year, 1952-53, where he studied fine art under Tom Thorn, a realist and a student of Joseph Albers. In 1957 after retiring from the Army he enrolled in a fine arts degree program at the University of Maryland where he studied under James Wharton and Maurice Seigler. In 1959, he was awarded a B.F.A. degree from the University of Maryland.

Immediately after earning his degree in Fine Art, Ippolito attended the Sorbonne where he studied French literature for one year. There, he met and befriended Jean-Paul Sartre and frequently attended Sartre's impromptu seminars at local eateries near the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. In the early 1950s, while in Paris, he attended several workshops conducted by Fernand Leger, Lionel Feininger, and Maurice Utrillo. In 1959, Luciano attended workshops at the Schule des Sehens and the Sommerakademie fur Bildende Kunst at Salzburg, Germany where he met and took private lessons from Oskar Kokoshka.

Ippolito's own curriculum vitae, dating to the early 1980s, credits the influences of Fritz Fisher for the usage of color, Theo Gravè for the expression of mood through the use of flat, matte, somber colors, Max Beckmann for the use of line, and Sartre for his own existentialist leaning.

Ippolito's military career allowed him to travel extensively throughout Europe and the Orient, an experience that strongly affected his view of humanity. Although his painting style is broad and varied, there is often an element of American expressionism in his work. Luciano Ippolito died in San Antonio, TX on 3 October 1995.

Juried Shows:
1968-1964 Walter P. Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA.
1968 Kunsthalle, Nurnberg, Germany
1968 University of Maryland Museum World Tour (painting stolen)
1966-1967 Princess Grace and Prince Rainier invitational shows, Monte Carlo, Monaco
1966 Western Maryland College, Westminster, MD
1965-1968 Charcoal Club, Baltimore, MD
1960 National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
1953 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA (Edward Hopper judge)
1952 Meisterschule, Kaiserslautern, Germany
1951-1953 Monaco Royal Gallery, Monte Carlo, Monaco

Submitted July 2005 by A. Rex Rivolo, Ph.D., Fine Arts Professional who wrote the biography from information provided to him by the artist's daughter, Yolanda.

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