Wedo Georgetti Biography

Wedo Georgetti




Painter and printmaker Guido “Wedo” Georgetti was born in Marche, Italy on May 11, 1911, and his family came to the United States when he was a year old. After a brief period in St Paul, Minnesota, the family settled in Tacoma, Washington, where Wedo and his siblings were raised and he began studying art. After moving to California in 1934, he shipped out of San Francisco as a merchant seaman for many years. Visiting the ports of the world, Georgetti obtained much of his subject matter from his travels.

Although in the 1940s he had become somewhat known for his watercolor art and prints, Georgetti was blacklisted by the government during the McCarthy era due to his occasional prints with political overtones. He was not convicted, but it shed a negative light on his art as a whole, which was not unsual for many artists of the time, making it harder for him to sell his works. Despite this, Georgetti kept on painting and would give his unsold works to his friends and family. He was a member of the California Society of Etchers from whom he won a prize in the 1940s, and his work is in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Art.

Wedo Georgetti died at his home in Sausalito, California on December 12, 2005.

Selected exhibitions: Paul Elder Gallery (San Francisco), 1942 (solo); Oakland Art Gallery, 1942-44; Maxwell Gallery (San Francisco), 1940s; California Society of Etchers, 1940s (awards); Society of American Graphic Artists (New York City), 1944; Crocker Art Gallery (Sacramento), 1944 (solo); De Young Museum, 1945 (solo); California Palace of Legion of Honor, 1948; San Francisco Art Festival, 1950; City of Paris (San Francisco), 1970 (solo); Sausalito Art Gallery (2000).