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Artist Louis Monza

Louis Monza lived from 1897 to 1984, near Turate, Italy.
  • The self taught artist Louis Monza, was raised in Northern Italy but immigrated to the USA in 1913 at age 16.

  • As a young man, Louis Monza was an apprentice to a master furniture carver and carpenter.

  • Monza traveled in the U.S. and Mexico observing scenes with an artist’s eye; he settled in Redondo Beach, California and later married his wife, Heidi in 1946.

  • As pacifist and socialist, artist Louis Monza had no desire to fight in any war, but unfortunately, he was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War I and served in Panama and when he was released from service, Monza became a house painter; only after an accident in 1938 where he fell from a scaffolding while painting and suffered a spinal injury did Louis Monza pursue an active career as an artist while recovering from the fall.

  • While recuperating, Louis Monza experimented with a variety of media, though drawings and oil paintings were the first expressions of his ideas and philosophies.

  • In 1941, Monza's career as an exhibited artist began in New York and in 1946 he moved into ceramics, bronze sculptures and printmaking, which included monotypes and linocuts, some of which were printed on rice paper.

  • Louis Monza's subjects were varied from landscapes to political allegories and social criticism to genre and figure scene; Monza also created some spiritual paintings, though he was not interested in organized religion.

  • His artistic style embraced themes in Naïve, Pop and Folk art with a touch of Surrealism.

  • Artist Louis Monza's early works were considered ‘delightfully clumsy’, yet some of his themes were also considered to be a rather violent expression of his own idealism in which the pacifist embraced radical socialist doctrines; his mature motifs depicted the dreams of an idyllic world where human and animal cohabit and thrive the elements together.

  • Louis Monza had a natural concern for the human condition and some of his early depictions gave voice to a political and social anger from deep within and this theme was evident in his allegorical paintings executed during World War II.

  • Artist Monza's exposure to northern Italy's painting traditions and his experience with the furniture craftsman influenced the decorative detail, dramatic color and volumetric, exaggerated forms of his mature creations.

  • Checkers in Florida, depicted in a stylized fashion a woman at a checkerboard looking at other checker players in the background and the setting might resemble a game of checkers national tourney that has been a popular meeting ground for checkerists for many years.

  • The game of checkers motif was represented in a simplistic manner through the use of bold colors and contrasting decorative patterns, but a relaxed mood was also readily conveyed in this typical genre scene of human leisure; this was his favored artist style until his death in 1984.

    Checkers in Florida 1947

    "Checkers in Florida" made in 1947,
    by Game of Checkers artist Louis Monza.

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