American painter born in Waterbury, Connecticut, of Italian descent. Served in the US Army 1944-6. Studied at the Whitney School of Art, New Haven, 1946-7, the Vesper George School of Art, Boston, 1947-50, the Art Students League, New York, 1950-1 (painting and sculpture under Zorach), the Academy of Fine Arts, Florence, 1951-4 (fresco painting, sculpture and graphics) and the Art Students League again 1955-6 (graphics research). First one-man exhibition at the Ward Eggleston Gallery, New York, 1952. Lived in New York 1954-5. Painted figures, still lifes and landscapes with soft, luminous forms and rich colours. Travelled in Spain, Holland, France and Italy 1958-60. Artist-in-Residence, Memphis Academy, Memphis, Tennessee, 1960-1. Settled in 1961 at Katonah, New York. Began to make pictures, often on complex shaped canvases, combining figurative images and abstract passages, his works gradually becoming more or less abstract. Lives in Katonah, with frequent visits to Italy.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.287