Giorgio Spadaro may have sought a practical degree in bookkeeping, but his life has largely been spent in pursuit of his art. Spadaro a writer and sculptor, was born Modica, Sicily in 1925, but his life and studies have taken him all over the world from Benghazi, Libya, where he spent some of his childhood to Switzerland, where studied philosophy, painting, and sculpture.
One of the defining moments of his life was during World War II when his family was urged to leave their home in Benghazi for Tripoli. A truck headed for the city departed with his mother and sisters on board, but Giorgio and his father were left behind in the confusion. It was not until Benghazi came back under German and Italian control that Giorgio and his father were able to begin their frantic search for his mother and sisters. Spadaro went to find them in Tripoli where he arrived by bus, starving and lost. He spent his first night in the city on an old mattress in an air raid shelter. In the morning he began his search for his mother, and eventually found her living in an apartment in the city.
With the war behind him, Giorgio was free to pursue his art. Born into a family of artists, he joined his family tradition studying painting under his father Angelo, his uncle Orazio Spadaro, a priest, painter and poet, and his cousin, Beppe Assenza, a painter. After moving to the U.S. in 1949, Spadaro first worked as a model maker for church goods and industrial design firms. But his true passion was for sculpture. A self-taught sculptor he has devoted many years to his craft, creating his own designs and teaching others.
Over the years he returned to Italy several times to continue his studies. In addition to creating art, he also shared his expertise about the art world through his writing. Spadaro is a published author, having penned the book, The Esoteric Meaning in Raphael's Paintings and contributing four short stories to the anthology, Four Authors Imagine the World.
Because his life has been spent in pursuit of his passions he hopes that the Una Vita Foundation will be successful in its mission to provide young people in small village like Raviscanina with the same opportunities, without leaving home. He says he would like to see the day that people in small villages will be free to choose their future based on their individual preferences and not be bound by traditions that may not suit them.
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