(Right - Detail of "Figure on Beach" by Remo Farruggio )
Remo Farruggio was born in Palermo, Sicily but moved to New York City in 1918. In the late 1920's he moved from the city to Woodstock, NY which was the site of an artists colony and then moved back to NYC for the WPA. Following a time in Detroit during WWII where he had an exhibition at the Detroit Museum of Art, he returned to NYC where he became friends with actor and artist, Zero Mostel, who collected Farruggio's work. As he became well recognized as a painter he travelled to Mexico where he exhibited at the Galleria Arte Contemporaneo in Mexico City in 1953 and then back to Itlay where he had an exhibition at Galleria Schneider in Rome in 1957. He began spending summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts in 1964. He may have had his introduction to Monhegan via his art studies in New York with noted Monhegan artist Abraham Bogdanove. Farruggio painted on Monhegan during the 1940's, '50's and 60's. His works are included in the permanent collections of a number of museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC and the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution, as well as in numerous private collections in the US and overseas.