GEORGE CAVALLON was born in Sorio, Italy, in 1904. He immigrated to the United States in 1920. In 1926, Cavallon enrolled in the National Academy of Design in New York. Upon graduating, he moved to the rich artistic community of Provincetown. There, he befriended Charles Hawthorne and Hans Hofmann. The time that Cavallon spent in Provincetown cultivated in him a lifelong commitment to his artistic goals and communal spirit.
In 1934, Cavallon was employed in the Works Progress Administration/ Federal Art Project (WPA/FAP) Easel & Mural Division as Arshile Gorky’s assistant. In 1936, Cavallon participated in the formation of the American Abstract Artists group. These artists abandoned art history’s traditional focus on subject matter. They were committed to illuminating the aesthetic qualities of their materials and to the production of beautiful ideas. By the end of the 1940’s, Giorgio Cavallon had connected to the early generation of New York School Abstract Expressionist artists. He was a charter member of The Club and participated in the Ninth Street Show in 1949.
Cavallon’s works featured soft and irregular woven rectangles. They were rendered with Italianate sensitivity to radiating color. His art focuses on sensitivity towards form in space. Cavallon is praised for his unique signature style.
In 1988, Cavallon was inducted into the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in New York City. Cavallon died in 1989, in New York City, New York at the age of 85.
Giorgio Cavallon : Abstraction with Red, Green and Orange, 1950, signed and dated, watercolour on paper, 15 x 22 in.