ITALO SCANGA
1932 - 2001

Angel, 1994
Intaglio vitreograph on Arches, Edition of 30
image: 36 x 24", paper size: 42 x 30"
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Italo Scanga was fifteen when he emigrated from the village of Lago in Calabria, Italy to the United States after World War II. He worked on the assembly line at General Motors and served in the U.S. Army before attending Michigan State University. There he received a Bachelor's degree in 1960 and a Master's degree the following year. He taught at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia; University of California, San Diego and University of Rhode Island, Kingston and was a visiting artist at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington; Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine and University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

Scanga was a sculptor and painter whose work was influenced by folk and primitive art as well as twentieth century modernist ideas, such as cubism. He combined materials in surprising ways, often juxtaposing hand carved wood or painted passages with appropriated imagery and photographs. Scanga received important commissions from, among others, the Parco Museo Laboratorio of the Santa Barbara Art Foundation in Mammola, Italy (Figure Holding Fire) the City of San Jose, California (Figure Holding the Sun) the San Diego Opera, and San Diego International Airport (Continents).

The artist exhibited throughout the United States and in Italy. He work can be found at the Art Institute of Chicago, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Detroit Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

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