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 Carlo (Antonia) Nisita  (1895 - 1990)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: landscape and harbors painting, printmaking, teaching

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Biography from Meibohm Fine Arts, Inc.:
Carlo Antonia Nisita (American, 1895-1990) was a western New York artist, painter, printmaker, designer and teacher known for his murals, harbor & marine scenes, landscapes and decoration, while in his later career for more modern themes and images in his work. He worked in a variety of mediums; oil, watercolor, intaglio, linocuts and pen & ink. He came to Buffalo at the age of seven and later maintained a studio at 280 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY. He resided in Kenmore, NY.

1895- Born, October 26, Poggiomarino, Province of Naples, Italy.

1903- Arrived in Buffalo, NY.

1908- Received his American Citizenship.

1917-1919- Served in World War I in the Intelligence Branch of the United States Army and behind the front lines in France.  Later served as Lieutenant in the United States Reserve Corps.  Following the War he worked in the Buffalo Express Art Department, Buffalo, NY.

1919-1921- Studied at the Albright Art School, Buffalo, NY (Certificate).

Circa 1921-25- Studied at the Buffalo School of Fine Arts, Buffalo, NY.

Circa 1923-25- Studied at the Art Students’ League, and Cooper Union, NYC.

1925- Went on to Study at Yale School of Fine Arts, New Haven, CT, and awarded a B.F.A. for advanced work of distinction in decoration. Studied under Sargent Kendall, Ezra Winter, Edward C. Taylor, George Bridgman, Florence Julia Bach & Urquhart Wilcox.  Under Ezra Winter’s direction, Nisita worked on designs for a stained glass window for Straus & Co., Chicago, IL.

1926- June 1st, Married Margaret Blakeslee of Buffalo, NY.

1926-30- Furthered studies at the Beaux Art Institute of Design, NY.

1927- Bronze Medal for Composition, Beaux Arts Institute of Design, NY.

1934-46- Exhibited at the Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

1934-64- Art Instructor at the East Aurora schools, East Aurora, NY.

Circa 1934-58- Art Instructor at the Gow School, South Wales, NY.

1944- Exhibited at the Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO.

1945- Exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

1961- President, Buffalo Society of Artists, Buffalo, NY.

1965-75- Founder and Chairman of the Fine Arts Department, Villa Maria College, Buffalo, NY.

1967- Co-founder, Associated Artists Organizations of Western New York (A.A.O).

1970- President, Buffalo Society of Artists, Buffalo, NY.

Member of: The Buffalo Print Club (Had many exhibitions locally & nationally), Kenmore Art Society, Buffalo Art Society, the Patteran Society, the A.A.O. Art Gallery, Buffalo Schola Cantorum, Battel Chapel Choir, the Horatio Parker Choir, with ten years experience as a tenor soloist in sacred and secular work in and around Buffalo, and the Glee Club of Yale University.

Works: Murals, Grosvenor Library, St. Ann’s Church, St. Francis Hospital, Buffalo, NY, and Gardenville, NY. First Presbyterian Church, Buffalo, NY. Frohe’s Art Studio, Church paintings for St. Mary’s, Buffalo, NY and Our Lady of Lourdes Churches, Buffalo, NY.

(Chronologically Rewritten by Mark Strong of Meibohm Fine Arts, Inc., Sources: Who was Who in American Art 1999; The Wayward Muse: A Historical Survey of Painting in Buffalo, organized at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery-Susan Krane, Curator 1987; Kevin O’Callahan and The Buffalo Print Club Burchfield Art Center, 1988 from bio by Jean Reeves, Buffalo Evening News, 05/20/70; The Buffalo Artist Register Vol. I, 1926.)

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