(1908 - 1970)
Nicola Victor Ziroli was born in Valcocchiato, Campobasso, Italy in 1908. At the age of six, he immigrated with his family to the United States, where his father established a business carving stone monuments. Ziroli first learned stone carving techniques as an apprentice to his father, then used his skills as a stone carver for sculptors and construction firms to work his way through school.
In 1930 Ziroli graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago specializing not in sculpture, but in painting and illustration. In 1934 he received a W.P.A. grant and over the following two years he produced over seventy canvases for the U.S. Government. In 1936 Ziroli became supervisor of the Art and Craft Exhibitions under the W.P.A., continuing in that position until the outbreak of World War II when he served as a camouflage artist, map draftsman, and airplane riveter for the Army.
After the war Ziroli joined the Art Department at the University of Illinois. Over the years he achieved membership in the American Watercolor Society, the Audubon Society of Artists, the Chicago Society of Artists and the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic. In addition to the Butler Art Institute and the North Shore Art League which were already mentioned, Nicola Ziroli displayed his works at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Carnegie Institute, the Corcoran Gallery, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art (New York City), the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Ziroli displayed forty works at the Art Institute of Chicago between 1932 and 1949. Of these five won awards. He displayed works in various mediums: gouache, oil, pastel, tempera and watercolor.
Ziroli's painting "Taos, New Mexico" has three exhibition tags:
The Butler Art Institute, Youngstown, OH, 1952 New Year Show
The North Shore Art League
The Water Color Society of Alabama
, Tenth Annual Jury Exhibition, 1950
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