Elizabeth de Gebele Ginno Biography

Elizabeth de Gebele Ginno




Elizabeth de Gebele Ginno, painter, printmaker, and fine print advocate, was born in Plumstead, England on July 8, 1907, arriving early to American parents who were visiting family. She was raised in Berkeley, California, becoming a drama major at Mills College where she later established Stagecraft Studios in Berkeley with her first husband, Carl Aronovici. She also studied fine art at the California College of Arts and Crafts and the California School of Fine Arts.

Ginno exhibited at the Golden Gate International Exposition held on Treasure Island in 1939-40 and continued showing in 1940 with the Society of American Etchers and the Chicago Society of Etchers. She also showed at the Art Institute of Chicago, Kennedy Gallery in New York, San Francisco Art Association, Oakland Museum, and the National Academy of Design. In 1954, and she and printmaker Augusta Rathbone had a two-person exhibition at the de Young Memorial Museum. Sustained by high energy, Elizabeth traveled, danced, and held active memberships in California Society of Etchers (of which she was president more than once), the San Francisco Women Artists, and the California Society of Printmakers.

In addition to her own artisitc pursuits, Ginno was an advocate for printmaking as a fine art, often promoting the work of others. After marrying etcher John Winkler in 1949, Elizabeth spent the next forty-seven years promoting his work. Public collections that include her work are the Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, Library of Congress, Mills College Art Gallery, and the de Young Memorial Museum.

Elizabeth de Gebele Ginno Winkler died in El Cerrito, California on December 9, 1991.