Merio AmeglioItalian, 1897-1970
Merio noted impressionist painter primarily known for his landscapes & cityscapes, seascapes & harbor views from his extensive travels throughout the Mediterranean and various regions in Europe, as well as winter scenes, mountainscapes, historic landmarks & famous buildings and cathedrals scenes, human genre/activity & nudes, market scenes and still lifes.
Ameglio was born October 4, 1897 in San Remo, Italy and was raised in the aristocratic intimacy of the Cote d’ Azure amidst the promenade and the Mediterranean Sea. After his formative years of painting along the French coast, Ameglio moved to Paris in 1938 where he continued to explore and perfect his artistic abilities. Montmartre became not only his main residence but also the beginning of his cultural awakening. Although considered to be self taught, his formal education was provided in the bohemian arts area through his encounters and friendships with other popular avant-garde artists, such as; Pablo Picasso, Jacques Villon, Gino Severini, Van Dongen and Jean Paul Francois Galle. Ameglio established his atelier within walking distance of the heart of Montmartre, la Butte, at 23, rue Clauzel.
Ameglio became a member of the Paris Salons and exhibited regularly there. In 1938, during the International Art Exposition he won considerable acclaim and was awarded his first honorable mention for the painting "Cathedrale de Rouen". In October 1969, a year before his passing, a retrospective exhibition of his work was held a year before his death at the Galerie Cambaceres in Paris. He primarily worked in oil, but worked in various other mediums as well. His work can be found in numerous private and public collections worldwide. He died at his home in Montmartre, Paris on July 29, 1970.