Ridolfo, James

Ridolfo, James P. (1913-1979)

James Ridolfo was born in Troy, New York in 1913. For the majority of his life, he resided in Hartford, though he moved to Glastonbury in 1973. A 1936 photograph in the Hartford Courant showed him in a night class of the Hartford Art School. Perhaps it was his inexperience as an artist that led the WPA Art Project to reject all but one of the eight art works that he submitted. On the other hand, a Hartford Courant article for 1936 announced that Ridolfo won the Hartford poster competition sponsored by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He graduated from the Hartford Art School and the Porter School of Design. He served in the Army in the Second World War. Ridolfo worked as a freelance draftsman and was employed by C. E. McGuire in New Britain. Ridolfo died at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford in 1979.

 Sources: WPA Artist’s Work Card; “James Ridolfo Wins Local Poster Contest,”Hartford Courant, February 6, 1936; “Students at Work in Evening Class at Hartford Art School,” Hartford Courant, April 12, 1936; “Death Notices,”Hartford Courant, March 4, 1979.

Works of Art Listed in CT Archives’ database from James Ridolfo:

Tobacco Workers: tempera
Three-figure Composition: pen & ink
A Drunk with Two Figures: pen & ink
Three Figure Composition: pen & ink
Townsendite Group: pen & ink
Two Figures in Composition with Pig: pen & ink
Salvation Army Group: pen & ink
Horse Play- New Years Eve: pen & ink
Ridolfo, James