Edmond Casarella Biography

Edmond Casarella





Edmond Casarella, printmaker, painter, sculptor, and teacher, was born to Matalina and Anthony Casarella in Newark, New Jersey on September 3, 1920. The Casarella family lived in Brooklyn, New York in 1930 but moved and were residing in New York City in 1940.


At eighteen years of age, Casarella enrolled in Cooper Union where he studied with Raymond Dowden and Pepino Mangroviti. He earned his BFA degree in 1942 and was hired by Anthony Velonis to print serigraphs at Creative Printmakers under the National Youth Administration which was part of the New Deal. The following year he created the poster for the 1943 exhibition, Artists for Victory. Casarella joined the U.S. Army in 1944 and, after his discharge, he enrolled at the Brooklyn Museum School where he studied printmaking with Gabor Peterdi. His long-time friend, Vincent Longo, was also a student and they collaborated in their quest to create gestural imagery with relief printmaking.


Casarella made his first paper relief print about 1948 and continued to experiment with the medium throughout his career. His work was shown in 1949 at the Laurel Gallery in New York and, in 1952, he began an association with Margaret Lowengrund's Contemporaries Gallery. In 1953, Casarella and Longo had a joint exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and, that same year, Casarella's work was included in the Young American Printmakers exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. His first solo exhibition was mounted at the Korman Gallery in New York in 1955. In 1962, he was included in the widely traveled exhibition, American Prints Today. Casarella’s work was included in the exhibition American Color Woodcuts, Bounty from the Block, at the Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1993. His work was also featured in two exhibitions circulated by the Worcester Art Museum: A Spectrum of Innovation Color in American Printmaking in 1990 and The Stamp of Impulse: Abstract Expressionist Prints in 2001.


Casarella received a Fulbright Fellowship in 1951, a Tiffany Award in 1955, and a Guggenheim Grant in 1960. These allowed him to travel throughout Italy and Greece. He taught at the Brooklyn Museum School from 1955 to 1960. During the 1960s he taught courses at the Arts Students’ League and Hunter College in Manhattan and had temporary teaching positions at the Pratt Institute, Yale University, Rutgers University, and Columbia University. He also taught at Cooper Union and Finch College from 1969 to 1975.


Edmond Casarella’s prints, paintings, and sculpture have been included in numerous exhibitions in the United States and Eastern Europe. His work is represented in the collections of the Greek National Museum in Athens; the Brooklyn Museum, New York; Australian National Museum, Canberra; the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; the Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, Maine; the Speed Art Museum, University of Louisville; the Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; and the Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts.


Edmond Casarella died in Englewood, New Jersey on 13 February 1996.