Ezio Martinelli Biography

Ezio Martinelli

American

1913-1981

Biography

Ezio Martinelli (1913-1981), printmaker, painter, sculptor and teacher, was born in West Hoboken, New Jersey on November 27, 1913. His art training began in 1931 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, Italy and was followed by study in New York at the National Academy of Design from 1932 to 1936, as well as at the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania.
 
Martinelli taught Graphic Arts at the Philadelphia Museum School and the Pennsylvania School of Industrial Arts between 1946 and 1949. Between the years 1949 and 1975, he was Professor of Art at the Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York teaching painting and sculpture. It was also in the late 1940s or early 1950s that Martinelli worked with Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17 in New York. He also taught Graphic Arts at Parsons School of Design in New York between 1954 and 1957.
 
Ezio Martinelli was awarded Guggenheim Foundation fellowships between 1956 and 1962, a Tiffany Foundation fellowship in 1964, and the National Institute of Arts and Letters award in 1966. In addition to being in the collections of the Hunterian Museum and University Art Collection in Glasgow, Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum, Newark Museum, Seattle Museum, and Art Institute of Chicago, his aluminum sculpture is on the grounds of the United Nations General Assembly Building in New York, facing the East River.
Ezio Martinelli died at the age of 68 in 1981 in upstate New York and his papers are housed at Syracuse University.