Antonio Pietro Martino

Artist Biography

The son of Italian immigrants, Antonio Pietro Martino was born in Philadelphia, PA. One of eight children, all of whom were artists, Martino showed an early interest in art and at age 13 began studying with his brother at the Graphic Sketch Club (now Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial) in South Philadelphia. By the age of 23, Martino had already exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. He and his brothers often spent weekends painting in nearby Bucks County, specifically producing imagery of New Hope and the Delaware River. He is best known for works portraying the Philadelphia neighborhood of Manayunk, which he began painting in the 1930s. Many of his most celebrated works are distinguished by a rich color palette and atmospheric landscapes. 

In 1971, Martino moved to California where he painted seascapes and landscapes until his death in 1988. The winner of many national awards, Martino was elected as an Associate of the National Academy of Design in 1938 and a National Academician in 1942, one of the highest distinctions awarded to American artists at the time. His work is in the collections of the Woodmere Art Museum, National Academy of Design, and James A. Michener Art Museum.

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