Tom Salvatore Fricano Biography

Tom Salvatore Fricano




Thomas Salvatore Fricano was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 28, 1930.  He studied art at Bradley University in Peoria where he earned his BFA, and at the University of Illinois, Urbana in 1956, where he earned his MFA. Fricano returned to Bradley as an instructor in printmaking between 1958 and '63. He began teaching at California State University at Northridge in 1963, where became professor emeritus and worked through the early 2000s. He taught as a visiting artist at numerous colleges throughout the U.S. including Ohio State University, Art institute of Chicago, Cranbrook Academy, to name a few. His style has been described as a cross between optical (aka Op/Kinetic art) and modern mandala art.

Fricano received many honors, including a Fulbright scholarship, Italy (1960-1961); Louis Comfort Tiffany grantee (1965); California State University research grantee (1968, '69, '71, '74, '78, '79); California State University research grantee (1988); and a John S. Guggenheim Memorial fellow (1969-1970).  

Fricano has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad, including Scotland, South Korea, and Japan, and a retrospective in 2000 at the Platt Gallery in Los Angeles. His work is included in the collections of the Library of Congress, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Brooklyn Museum, the Cranbrook Academy of Art, the Pushkin Museum, Leningrad, and the Los Angeles County Art Museum, among others.