Alessandro Mastro-Valerio immigrated to America from Southern Italy in 1913 after studying art in Naples. He initially settled in Chicago. A prolific artist, mainly known for his mastery of the mezzotint, he created and printed at least 159 plates throughout his career. His nudes are striking, with a pearlescent quality to the skin, luminous against the classic velvety darkness the mezzotint process creates. In 1919, he moved to Ypsilanti, Michigan, where he taught at Eastern Michigan University and enjoyed the support of wealthy patrons. In 1949, he began to experiment with abstraction.
A member of the Ann Arbor Art Associates, the Chicago Society of Etchers, and the Society of Design (Associate 1951), he retired from teaching at the University of Michigan in 1952 and passed the following year.
Alessandro Mastro-Valerio - In the Space - wood engraving nude - detail, 1944 Sold
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In the Space


Wood engraving on smooth wove paper.Presentation print no. 26 print from The Woodcut Society, Alexandria, VA.Complete, with the original presentati...

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Alessandro MASTRO-VALERIO - Day and Night - Mezzotint - wove paper- 1950 - detail

Day and Night


Mezzotint on wove paper.Edition was to be of 35 but was likely not completed. Rare.The current work was the artist's last published mezzotint.Signe...

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