Martino, Michel


Martino, Michel (1889-1969)

Michel Martino was born on February 22, 1889, in Italy. He attended New Haven Public Schools and the Hopkins Grammar School. He studied for seven years in the Yale School of Fine Arts, focusing on sculpture. He also studied in Rome and Paris.  Like Karl Lang, Martino worked with Gutzon Borglum. He exhibited at the National Academy, the Architectural League, Ferargil Galleries, and the Galleries of American Artists. Among his sculptures were the Spanish American War and World War I memorials in New Haven, Connecticut; White Plains, New York; and Brooklyn, New York. Prior to the WPA Federal Arts Project he worked for the Public Works of Art Project. Under the WPA, he created ten three dimensional works that were allocated to the Roger Sherman School, Susan Sheridan Jr. High School, New Haven Board of Education, Yankee Division Veteran Association, Long Lane Farm, and the Children’s Building in New Haven. Martino died in 1969 in East Haven.

 Sources: WPA Artist’s Work Card; WPA Biography; Social Security Death Index; AskART.

Works of Art Listed in CT Archives’ database from Michel Martino:

Roger Sherman (half size): plaster
Susan Sheridan: mahogany plaque
J.R. McCarthy: mahogany
Machine Gum Parker: plaster
Penguin 2 Full Size: plaster
Penguins 2 Full Size: plaster
Theophilus Eaton Half Size: plaster
1 Pair of Book Ends: metal
2 Dolphins: plaster
Repairing Bust- Abraham Lincoln: plaster
Portrait: Susan Sheridan:  
Martino, Michel