Pietro Antonio "Tony" Narducci
Born in Pietrocarmela, Italy on February 1, 1915.
Immigrates to the United States to join up with his father. Resides in Boonton, New Jersey.
Enrolls in day and evening fine art classes at the Leonardo da Vinci Art School in New York City, studying painting, sculpture and fresco.
Moves to New York City.
Exhibits at the Leonardo da Vinci Art School, and is awarded three First Prizes in painting, sculpture and fresco composition.
Studies sculpture at the Beaux Arts Institute. At age 21, shows in a group exhibition with Thomas Benton, Isamu Noguchi, Joseph Stella, Onorio Ruotola, and A. Piccirilli. Meets Pietro Lazzari, Ugo Galluzzi and Conrad Marco-Relli.
Joins the Works Progress Administration's (WPA), Federal Art Project -- Easel Painting Division. Joins artist's union.
Teaches at the Leonardo da Vinci Art School, and exhibits at the 57th Street Contemporary Art Gallery in New York City. Changes to the Federal Art Project -- Mural Painting Division.
Graduates from the Leonardo da Vinci Art School. Nominated for the "Prix de Rome" award. Exhibits his award-nominated fresco at the Grand Central Gallery in New York City.
Moves to his first studio on 34th Street in New York City. Spends the summer at Fort Lee Castle with Conrad Marca-Relli and meets Elaine DeKooning there. Becomes part of the "Artists Club".
Has studio on 5th Avenue and 31st Street in New York City. Works for Bernardini Studio in New York City.
Accepts painting and sculpture commissions for Mr. Silverman at Studio One, 28th Street and Lexington Avenue in New York City.
Marries Muriel Koud, a classical ballet dancer. John Sandhuser, the curator of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City at the time, is the best man at the wedding. Daughter Antoinette is born.
Receives induction papers, and attempts to sign up with U.S. Army Air Force. Due to a language problem, he ends up in an employment line for American Airlines, where he is hired as a graphic designer and painter. While employed with American Airlines, he designs a version of American Airlines' eagle logo. Daughter Alexandra is born.
John Sandhauser takes Narducci's abstractions to Guggenheim Museum with an excellent reception to his work.
Leaves American Airlines after a knee injury and surgery. Returns to Boonton, New Jersey, where he owns and operates an antique store. Continues to paint and sculpt. Son William (Billy) is born.
Divorces Muriel. Son Billy is killed, and daughter Alexandra is seriously injured, in an automobile accident in New York City. While walking on 8th Street and University Place, in Greenwich Village in New York City, he meets an old art friend, George Spaventa. Spaventa has just returned from Paris where he was studying art on the G.I. Bill. Spaventa tells him, "Were meeting over at the Cedar now", and he takes him to the Cedar Bar across the street. Narducci becomes part of the artist's group at the Cedar Bar. There he becomes friends with Bill de Kooning, Jackson Pollack, Landes Lewitin, Franz Kline, et al. Franz and "Tony" become particularly close friends.
Experiments with sound compositions using reel-to-reel tape compositions. Composes "Sacra Mantra". Orchestrates self-made sounds and "natural" sounds. Begins "cosmic" series. Works on large oil painting, "Nebula".
Approached by art dealer Leo Castelli at the Cedar Bar, and asked to show his work, he tells Castelli he is "not ready".
Continues with abstract expressionism. Begins buying electronic equipment to experiment with electronic painting.
Moves to a new studio and gallery in Denville, New Jersey. Names it PAN (from Pietro Antonio Narducci) Galleries. Purchases signal generator, audio-generator.
Designs a video synthesizer for electronic painting and sculpture work, using a TV-FM sweep generator and marker, an Emerson color TV, and silicon cells.
Studio at 7 East Main Street in Denville, New Jersey with small gallery added.
Moves studio across street. Opens an art school called "The PAN Art Institute of Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture".
Continues with abstract canvas painting and experimentation with organic audio sounds and video electronic painting and sculpture, using elements of nature and captured sunlight as the painting media. Teaches high school art students and private art students.
Opens the PAN Museum of Modern Art as a "working museum" to show work-in-progress. Breakthrough to the "next step" into pure intuitive aesthetics from abstract expressionism to what Narducci calls, "quintessential aesthetics" painting. Invents a new technique for painting using acrylics, black ink, rainwater and ammonia (hydrogen and nitrogen). Narducci says this completes his life-long search "to find a way to enter nature from the back door." Starts with works on paper, moving to small canvases, and ultimately to large canvas works.
Dies on March 1, 1999 in Morristown, New Jersey, after a short illness. He continued to create full-time until three months prior to his death.
Additional details garnered from Narducci's notes, and recollections of friends and relatives
- Leonardo da Vinci Art School, oil painting and sculpture (1933-39)
- Beaux Arts Institute, sculpture (1936-38)
- Studies at National Academy of Design (year unkown)
- Studies restoration, and assists a Mr. Romano who works for the Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Tiffany & Co. in New York City looking for gifted artists at the Leonardo da Vinci Art School, selects Narducci for a job. After one week on the job, Tiffany offers him a lifetime position. Upon hearing this, Narducci quits.
- Studies illumination with the Mugo brothers, who illuminated the Declaration of Independence for the Washington, DC Archives.
- Studied engraving with Rolenson (who made the American dollar engravings)
- Teacher for four years at Leonardo da Vinci Art School
- Private art teacher for over 25 years, PAN Art Institute of Painting, Drawing, Sculpture
- Artist and owner of PAN Museum of Modern Art and PAN Art Galleries.