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 John M. Saccaro  (1913 - 1981)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: abstract expressionism

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
John Saccaro, born in San Francisco, was enrolled in the Easel Painters and Mural Sections of the Federal Art Project in the 1930s. In WW II, he was a camoufleur in France in the Army.

He studied at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco from 1951 to 1954, and from 1963 to 1964, he taught at UCLA. John Saccaro had many one-man exhibitions on the West Coast at the San Francisco Museum of Art, De Young Museum and the Oakland Art Museum.

He was a major contributor to the San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionism, and his works are seen in the book of the same name by Susan Landauer published by UC Press in 1996.

About 1955 Saccaro began to paint in the manner for which he is best known, using a slashing, angular brush work that bears resemblance to the gestural canvases of Kline. He called these paintings "sensory raids" defining sensorism as "the scrape, slash and violence of the sensory."

Saccaro's bright palette contrasted to the earth tones and monochromes the other San Francisco painters were using at the time.

Gerald Sauer, Carmel, California
----------------------------------------------------------------------Post War California artist, John M. Saccaro studied at the California School of Fine Arts, 1951-1954 and taught at University of California, Los Angeles, 1963-1964.

Solo Exhibitions: San Francisco Museum of Art, 1939, 1959-1960; de Young
Museum, 1946, 1956, 1960; Oakland Museum, 1958; Bolles Gallery, New York,
1962; Museo Italo Americano, 1981; Carlson Gallery, San Francisco, 1990.

Selected Group Exhibitions:
Annual Painting and Sculpture Exhibitions of the San Francisco Art Association at the San Francisco Museum of Art, 1953
PACIFIC COAST ART, IIIrd Biennial of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1955
CALIFORNIA PAINTERS, 40 Painters, Municipal Art Center, Long Beach, 1956 Contemporary American Painters, 1950-1955, Stanford Art Gallery 1956
The Art Bank of the San Francisco Art Association, 1958, 59, 60, 62, 63, 64, 66 The Artist's Environment: West Coast, Amon Carter Museum, UCLA Art Galleries & The Oakland Museum, 1962-63
Winter Invitational, California Palace of The Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 1962, 63
The Oakland Museum, California. A Period of Exploration: San Francisco 1945-1950; 1976
San Francisco Museum of Art, Painting and Sculpture in California: The Modern Era 1973;
Laguna Art Museum & San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionism, 1996.

Public Collections : The Oakland Museum; The San Francisco Museum of Modern
Art; The Pasadena Art Museum; The M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San
Francisco; Elvehjem Museum, University of Wisconsin at Madison; Palm Springs
Desert Museum; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna
Beach; Triton Museum, Santa Clara.

Literature: Susan Landauer, The San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionism; Thomas Albright, Art in the San Francisco Bay Area 1945-1980; Gibbons J. Cooney, John Saccaro, Catalog #5 of a yearlong Series, the Carlson Gallery, 1990; Edan Hughes, Artists in California 1786-1940; Mary Fuller McChesney, A Period of Exploration, San Francisco 1945-1950; Frederick S. Wight, The Artist's Environment: West Coast; Henry Hopkins, Painting and Sculpture in California: The Modern Era.

David J Carlson, Carlson Gallery, California.

Biography from Triton Museum of Art:
John Saccaro was born in San Francisco in 1913 and began his career in the 1930s when he worked for the Federal Arts Project (F.A.P) in the Murals Section at Treasure Island.

In 1939, at the age of 25, he was given a solo show at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and in 1954, he graduated from the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco. He taught at UCLA.

By 1953-1955 he was receiving much acclaim for a style of painting he termed "Sensorism". The sensorist paintings are intended to move the observer on a viseral level. Variations of values in color, combined with expressive abstract patterns and brush strokes, exemplify the signature style of Saccaro's work.

He has had one-man exhibitions on the West Coast at the San Francisco Museum of Art, De Young Museum, and the Oakland Museum.

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