Joseph Anthony Mugnaini Biography

Joseph Anthony Mugnaini




Joseph Anthony Mugnaini was born Guiseppe Mugnaini in Viareggio, Tuscany, Italy, on July 12, 1912 and moved with his family to the US at three months old, finally getting his American citizenship in 1941. Mugnaini studied art at the Otis Art Institute, and after serving in the army in World War II went on to teach there as well. An artist and illustrator he is perhaps best known for his collaborations with writer Ray Bradbury, beginning in 1952 on the Martian Chronicles. Amongst his students was the artist Norman Rockwell.

Mugnaini wrote a number of books on techniques and materials in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Joe Mugnaini died in Los Angeles on Jan. 23, 1992.

He was a member of Painters and Sculptors of LA. He exhibited at the LA Public Library, 1947; Chabot Gallery, 1949; Compton Art Center, 1951; LACMA, 1951; Pasadena Art Inst., 1954; LA AA, 1955; Glendale AA, 1958; Sierra Madre Public Library, 1959 (solo); Valley Art Center, 1962; and Orange Coast College, 1974. His works are in the collections of LACMA; Univ. of Hawaii; Temple Univ.; Library of Congree; Pasadena Museum.