Ezio Martinelli American, 1913-1980


Ezio Martinelli, along with Theodore Roszak, David Smith and Charles Seliger, formed the group of influential abstract artists who taught and worked at Sarah Lawrence College in the late 1940s and 1950s. As exemplified in this dynamic painting, Martinelli's style was both gestural and sophisticated, coinciding with the language of painting that emerged with Abstract Expressionism in the mid-1940s.


Martinelli's career is both diverse and complex. Receiving his training at the Fine Arts Academy in Bologna, Italy and the National Academy of Design in New York. He was primarily recognized as a painter, for which he won numerous awards. Later in his career he also turned to a successful career as a sculptor, acting as the resident sculptor at the American Academy in Rome and won the commission for a sculpture at the United Nations General Assembly Building. He won such prestigious awards as the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship from 1956 to 1962.


Elgin Academy of Fine Arts, 1941 (prize)

Philadelphia Painters Club, 1944 (prize)

Newark Museum, 1943

Art of this Century, 1942-43

San Francisco Art Association, 1942

Denver Art Museum, 1941

Art Institute of Chicago, 1941

Ragan Gallery, Philadelphia, 1943

Willard Gallery, 1946 (one-man show)

Museums and Public Collections

Art Institute of Chicago

Brooklyn Museum of Art

Elgin Academy of Fine Art

Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN

Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA

Hofstra University

John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL

Neuberger Museum of Art

Newark Museum, NJ

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Seattle Art Museum

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Syracuse University

Whitney Museum of American Art

Woodstock Art Association

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