Carmen Bonanno, American/Italian (1901 - )
Italian/American artist Carmen Bonanno was born in New York but journeyed to Italy at the age of nine. He attended various schools in both Southern Italy and Sicily before entering an art school in Rome. He then supported himself by painting murals and sacred pictures in a number of churches. Carmen Bonanno returned to New York in 1931 and studied etching and drypoint techniques at the Art Students League.
In World War Two, Carmen Bonanno served with the U.S. forces as an aviation-engineer in both North Africa and in Italy. Both during the war and after its conclusion the artist worked upon a number of fine drypoints and etchings which were published in both Italy and in New York by the Associated American Artists. Equally gifted for both his figure studies and views of Italy, Carmen Bonanno's original graphic art was well received in both countries.