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Giorgio Cavallon

American, 1904-1989


Giorgio Cavallon

Untitled, 1984

Oil on canvas
30 x 28 in
76.2 x 71.1 cm


Giorgio Cavallon was born in Sorico, Italy in 1904 and he immigrated to the United States in 1920. Cavallon studied at the National Academy of Design in New York City in 1926, before moving to Provincetown, Massachusetts for two years to study under Charles Hawthorne. In the early 1930s, he attended evening studies with Hans Hofmann’s School of Fine Art. In 1934, Cavallon became employed with the WPA/Federal Art Project as Arshile Gorky’s assistant in the Easel and Mural Division. In 1936, he was a founding member of the American Abstract Artists group, and by the 1940s; Cavallon was connected to the early generation of New York School Abstract Expressionists. In 1949, Cavallon joined the “Artist’s Club” located at 39 East 8th Street in New York City. Giorgio Cavallon was chosen by his peers to exhibit in the famous Ninth Street Show of 1951. Cavallon continued to participate in the invitational New York Painting and Sculpture Annuals until 1957. These annuals were significant in that the artists themselves chose the exhibited artists. Cavallon lived in Manhattan until his death at the age of 85. His works are in the collections of MoMA, Whitney, Guggenheim, and Fogg Art Museum at Harvard.