Glass Art Exhibit: Italo Scanga
By Angela Wampler | August 28, 2007Scanga was a sculptor and painter whose work was influenced by folk and primitive art as well as twentieth-century modernist ideas, such as Cubism. He combined materials in surprising ways, often juxtaposing handcarved wood or painted passages with imagery and photographs. Scanga received important commissions from, among others, the City of San Jose, California ("Figure Holding the Sun") and the San Diego International Airport ("Continents").
Scanga was 15 when he emigrated from Calabria, Italy to the United States after World War II. He worked on the assembly line at General Motors and served in the U.S. Army before attending Michigan State University where he earned a Master's degree. He has taught at several institutions and was a visiting artist at Chihuly's Pilchuck Glass School in Washington.
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