About Marco Sassone
“One of the foremost colorists working in America today, Sassone is an artist who developed his own personal, expressive vision early in his career, and who has steadfastly remained faithful to it while refining and developing it to the full power and maturity that is seen in his works today.” Janet Dominik, Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, 1988. Born in Florence, Italy, the most poignant and enduring of Sassone’s influences can be traced back to his studies in the 1960’s with painter Silvio Loffredo, himself a student of the Austrian master, Oskar Kokoschka. The agitated brushstrokes and vibrant colors appealed to Sassone, offering the artist a foundation that has remained throughout his career. The first major retrospective of Sassone’s work appeared at the Laguna Art Museum, California in 1979 in concurrence with the publication of “Sassone,” a monograph written by art historian Donelson Hoopes. In the years since, his work has been presented in many exhibitions, including those at National Academy of Design, New York, Los Angels Municipal Art Gallery; San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas; Museo Italo-Americano, San Francisco; Cloisters of Santa Croce, Florence; Chicago International Art Exposition and Basel Art Fair, Switzerland. Among other distinguished honors and awards Marco Sassone was knighted into the "Order to the Merit of the Italian Republic” by President Sandro Pertini in 1982.