Luigi Lucioni Biography

Luigi Lucioni




Luigi Lucioni, painter and etcher, was born in Malnate, Italy on November 4, 1900. He was encouraged in his pursuit of drawing by a cousin of his father's, and was given lessons in geometrical drawing at the age of six. In 1906, due to the poor economic situation in Northern Italy, Luigi's father, Angelo, departed for the United States to find work as a coppersmith. He sent for his wife and family in 1911 and they crossed the Atlantic on the Duke of Genoa, landing in New York on August 9. After several relocations they settled in Union City, New Jersey, and Luigi would leave public education at 8th grade to work for an engraving company. However, he would continue to attend school in New York City when, at the age of fifteen, he won a competition that allowed him to attend night classes at Cooper Union. In 1920, he studied with William Auerbach Levy at the National Academy of Design, and in 1924 he was the recipient of a Tiffany Foundation scholarship. The scholarship gave him an opportunity to travel back to his homeland to study Italian primitives.

In 1929, he spent part of each year in Stowe, Vermont painting still lifes and landscapes of the hills and barns and in 1939 he purchased a farmhouse near Manchester. In the 1930s, while European modernism was gaining momentum in the United States, Lucioni continued with realism.

Lucioni taught at the Art Students' League in New York, and maintained a studio in Washington Square. He was a member of the Society of American Etchers, the Southern Vermont Artists, and was elected full academician in the National Academy of Art.

His work is represented in the collections of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Brooklyn Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, El Paso Museum of Art, Fogg Museum of Art at Harvard University, High Museum of Art, Joslyn Art Museum, Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Toledo Museum of Art, Victoria & Albert Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art and the Worcester Art Museum.

Luigi Lucioni died in Union City, New Jersey on July 22, 1988.