Angelo Restivo

Young At Art

Angelo Restivo is a first generation American born on January 9, 1929 in Jamestown, New York to Italian immigrant parents.  As a young boy, he moved to Chicago, Illinois and that’s where his talent for drawing and painting began.
 
Not only is Angelo a true artist, but he’s also the dad to a very dear friend of mine, AnnMarie Titcher.  AnnMarie and I met when we were young moms taking our children to pre-school.  It’s wonderful to have friendships that have stood the test of time and certainly my friendship with AnnMarie has done just that. 
 
After having lunch with Angelo and AnnMarie recently, I noticed that their relationship is really quite lovely…lovely in the way that AnnMarie can immediately sense when her father is feeling the urge to go outside into his art studio (which she built for him) and engage in the passion that has been with him for many years…painting and sculpting. 
 
Personally, I’m so inspired by Angelo’s desire to remain creative via his wonderfully evocative art.  
I hope I always have some passion project going on in my life, it really does keep you young at heart.  
Angelo Restivo

What started you on this artistic path?

I was drafted in the Army and when I got out, I figured why not go to art school since I could attend school on the G.I. Bill, so I enrolled into The American Academy of Art School in Chicago.  I was very interested in learning more about painting, art, the history of art and begin my art education.  After that I attended The Art Institute of Chicago. The best way to grow as an artist is to actually paint and this gave me a chance to do that full-time, to figure out who I was as an artist. It was also particularly helpful to have a live model in front of you and paint them, which the Art Institute did.

Who gave you the most support early on?

My parents were not supportive of my artist ability and the support came from my instructors who were very instrumental in my work.

Angelo Restivo

I was not a very good student, but I excelled at art.  I was very good at drawing and making art.  All the other students were mystified by my ability to draw and paint and would ask me to “how do you do that, can you teach me” so I did.

—Angelo Restivo

“Satyr and the Nymph”

What does your work aim to say? 

You don’t really work like that. You just paint what resonates with you and hope it resonates with other people.

Who or what is your biggest inspiration? 

My biggest inspiration was William Scobe who was my instructor who really mentored me. He was a prominent painter at the time. He was particularly helpful in teaching about the use of color.

Angelo Restivo

What do you consider success?

Selling my artwork to someone who would enjoy it. I’m also a success because I have three daughters and each of their houses are filled with my paintings. When it comes right down to it, if your kids think you’re a success then you’re a success.

What was the best piece of advice given to you?

Keep at it and don’t give up. I’m 93 and I still haven’t given up. 

What’s your motto or words to live by?

To do good work as best I can.  I believe firmly that artists are born and not made. Being an artist has given my life the meaning it wouldn’t have had otherwise.

Angelo Restivo

What’s been a real high-point in your career or life?

My second wife who was very supportive of me and my artwork.  She really understood how the artistic mind works and was a great support and my great love.  Sadly she passed away suddenly in 2021 and her love still inspires me 

What makes you laugh?

W.C. Field, I am a great admirer of him.

What’s next?

A sculpture of The Three Graces from Greek Mythology.  I sculpt it out of wax and then send it to a foundry where they cast it in bronze.  

Pie, Cake or Ice Cream?

Ice cream, I love my sweets.  I have a real sweet tooth. I wake up through the night and just grab a piece of pie or cake.

Angelo Restivo

Angelo Restivo

Sculptor – Painter – Lifelong Artist

By JEAN TREBEK

Jean is a Professional Religious Science Practitioner, Reiki Master and Sound Healer. She grew up on Long Island, NY, and now lives in Los Angeles. She has two wonderful adult children, Matthew and Emily, with her beloved late husband, Alex.  Jean enjoys taking long walks, watching movies, and traveling. She is very grateful for her family, friends, Luna (the dog) and good coffee.

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