Matteo SANDONA (1881-1964)

“Among those who have been favorite exhibitors is Matteo Sandona, who is represented by a charming study, ‘Chinese Costume.’ A3 in all his portraits, the expressiveness which makes them outstanding is the result of a remarkable ability in painting the eyes of the subject. Executed with the greater care and finesse, the dark eyes of this sitter catch the attention and call one back to it again and again. Sandona’ s skill in painting ‘hands that talk,’ as seen in his portraits previously exhibited here, is further emphasized by the expressive hands of this figure. It is a large canvas, its color scheme showing bright greens on a grey background, relieved by splashes of red and orange. ” May Huntington in The Salt Lake Tribune, March 24, 1935.

Read Matteo Sandona biography in California Art Project, volume 13.

At a glance

Birth : 1881, in Schio, Italy
Death : 1964, in San Francisco, California (United States)
Arrival in San Francisco Bay area : 1901
Married to : Gertrude Macfarlane
Skills : Painter


Art education, teachers : Academy of Fine Arts, Verona &  National Academy of Design
Relations :
Institutions, clubs, venues :
WPA Projects :

Resources in the Bancroft Library


Laidlaw family papers, [ca. 1885-1928] BANC MSS 71/240 Catalog Record

Data Vizualisation : mapping of the artist biography

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