Caesar A. Cirigliano
Caesar A. Cirigliano
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Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1908, Caesar began art studies at 15 as an apprentice in lithographic shop, while also attending Mechanics Institute, the oldest Art school in the country. Subsequently, he worked as an illustrator for newspapers, doing courtroom sketches, editorial cartoons and other news features. During this period, he attended the Art Students League and studied with John Sloan, George Grosz and Von Schlegel. Later, in order to learn the Oriental approach to special expression, he studied with the well-known Sumi painter and Buddhist priest, Motoi Oi. He free-lanced for several years, doing illustrations and comprehensives for various agencies, and later joined the Benton & Bowles Advertising Agency as an Art Director for nineteen years. Mr. Cirigliano has exhibited through the years at the National Academy in New York, the Salmagundi Club, of which he was a member, and the American Watercolor Society, of which he is a member, the National Arts Club, the New York Audubon Artists, the American Painters in Casein, the Knickerbocker Artists, and at the only competitive show of watercolors and drawings ever held at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. He also had numerous one man shows in Connecticut, and his paintings are included in private collections throughout New York and the New England States, as well as the White House, Washington, D.C. Mr. Cirigliano is presently represented by Mary Woerner Fine Arts in West Palm Beach, FL. Among his numerous first prize and best in show awards, are the Mary Litt Award (AWS), the Purchase Award (Conn. Watercolor Society), and the 1973 "Best In Show" Award by the Mamaronec Artist Guild, which was juried by Robert Doti, curator of the Whitney Museum. He actively studied and taught art after relocating to Stuart, Florida 27 years ago. He and his late wife Dorothea also worked with the Barn Theatre. He designed sets and is remembered for his expressive caricatures of the actors. The Elliott Museum presented a retrospective show of his work in the fall of 2004, which was twice postponed due to hurricanes. A scholarship in his memory is being established for the Studio at Elliott Museum. Also in 2004, Caesar was awarded the Martin County Council for the Arts Martie Award for outstanding visual artist. He is survived by two sons, 3 grandchildren and his many students.
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