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Jack Amoroso

Born: 1930, Boston, Massachusetts. Education: The School of Practical Arts, Boston, MA (At age fifteen, he was the “Youngest Artist” ever to be accepted). Lacedra School of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Coconut Grove Gallery is honored to present the works of internationally acclaimed artist, Jack Amoroso.  Working in multi-media, his medley of art reflects the experience gained through a lifetime of traveling and painting in more than 30 countries.  Yet, Amoroso has planted his roots nearby.  Founder of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival and father of the art scene in Miami since the 1960s, he has lived and painted in Coconut Grove for more than 55 years.

At age 27, his position as an artist of importance was secured when he was nominated at the “Outstanding New Talent in the USA” by Art in America magazine.  Amoroso is listed in “Who’s Who in American Art”, the Library of Congress, the Dictionary of International Biography in England and many other worldwide art worthy publications.  Reproductions of his work can be seen on several magazine covers and American Greeting Cards.  Amoroso illustrated the famed “Freedom River” written by his friend Marjory Stoneman Douglas.  “Freedom River” is in the National Library in Washington, DC and President Clinton was presented a copy by the author.

Amoroso has exhibited extensively at both art shows and museums.  Among them are the New York World’s Fair where he took Best Overall 

in 1964; the Rockefeller Center Showcase Exhibit;’ the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center’ the Higbee Gallery of Fine Arts in Cleveland, Ohio; the Lord and Taylor Gallery of Fine Arts in New York; and the Playhouse Gallery in Miami.

With collections celebrated around the globe, Amoroso’s admirers include Victor Boirge, the late Tennessee Williams, Chico Marx and Tallulah Bankhead.  Corporate clients range from General Motors, Burger King and Paul Masson Wine Company to Lord & Taylor, Cunard Ships and others.  His 45-foot mural aboard the Queen Elizabeth II is entitled  “London Along the Thames.”

Among his greatest experiences and honors was his close friendship with the Picasso family, which began decades ago in the South of France.  Upon the master’s death, Amoroso was given Picasso’s special invitational tickets to the Cannes Film Festival, which was showing “Picasso Peinture Due Siecle.”  He was requested to attend the private preview of Picasso’s posthumous exhibition.

Amoroso and his wife still travel to the South of France at least once a year where they live for several months while he paints.  The scenery is similar to South Florida, yet Coconut Grove is home.  “I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else,” he says.  All of his works depict the talent of a happy inspired artist who loves and lives his work.  His paintings clearly reflect his true ability as an artisan with a joyful enthusiasm in vision and color … a delicate, yet bold delight in the world around him.

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