Edmond Casarella Biography

Edmond Casarella

American

1920-1996

Biography

Edmond Casarella, printmaker, painter, sculptor, and teacher, was born in Newark, New Jersey on September 3, 1920. Upon his graduation from Cooper Union in 1942, he 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. 

Casarella made his first paper relief print around 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 was represented by Margaret Lowengrund at her prestigious fine print workshop and exhibition venue, Contemporaries Gallery - which later became the Pratt Graphic Art Center. In 1953, Casarella's work was included in the Young American Printmakers exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art and, in 1962, he was included in the widely traveled exhibition, American Prints Today. He 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. In the mid 1960s he began to shift his focus to sculpture, working in bronze, wood, and found object assemblage.

Casarella taught at the Brooklyn Museum from 1955 to 1960 and at Cooper Union and Finch College from 1969 to 1975. 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.

Edmond Casarella was elected a National Academician of the National Academy of Design and his prints, paintings and sculpture have been included in a score of exhibitions in the United States and Eastern Europe, including the seminal "Young American Printmakers" exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, 1952. Casarella’s work is represented in the collections of the the Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Library of Congress, New York; the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; the Seattle Art Museum, Washington; the Speed Art Museum, University of Louisville, Kentucky; the Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison; the Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts; the Greek National Museum in Athens; and the Australian National Museum, Canberra;

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