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Joseph Mugnaini

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Joseph Anthony Mugnaini (July 12, 1912 in Viareggio, Province of Lucca – January 23, 1992) was an Italian-born American artist and illustrator.[1] He is best known for his collaborations with writer Ray Bradbury, beginning in 1952.[2]



He was born Giuseppe Mugnaini in Viareggio in the Tuscany region of Italy and immigrated with his family to America when he was three months old.[3] He and his family resided on Solano Avenue in Los Angeles during the 1930s, and Altadena during the late 1950s.[4] He became an American citizen in 1941.[5]

He trained at Camp Ritchie in the 10th class and is one of the Ritchie Boys of WWII.

He taught art at the Pasadena School of Fine Arts,[6] among others.[7]

He died in Los Angeles on January 23, 1992.[8]



Books by Mugnaini include:

  • Drawing: A Search for Form (1965)
  • Oil painting: Techniques and Materials (1969)
  • The Hidden Elements of Drawing (1974)
  • Joseph Mugnaini: Drawings and Graphics (1982)
  • Expressive Drawing: A Schematic Approach (1989)


  1. ^ Ancestry.com. Social Security Death Index [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007.
  2. ^ John C. Tibbetts, "The Martian Chronicler Reflects", The Christian Science Monitor, March 20, 1991, p. 16.
  3. ^ Passenger list of the S.S. Taormina, Port of New York, October 18, 1912, sheet 21, line 23.
  4. ^ Barlow, Jarvis (8 Feb 1959). "Altadenan's Art is Literally Fabulous". Independent Star-News. Pasadena, California. p. 53 – via newspapers.com.
  5. ^ Passenger list of the S.S. Taormina, ibid., later notation.
  6. ^ "Art School. Fall Season". Independent Star-News. Pasadena, California. 14 Sep 1958. p. 70 – via newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "Artist Will Join Staff In Summer". The Sunday Herald. Provo, Utah. 10 May 1970. p. 20 – via newspapers.com.
  8. ^ Ancestry.com. California Death Index, 1940-1997 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000.

Further reading

  • Who Was Who in American Art. 2nd edition. Edited by Peter Hastings Falk. Sound View Press, 1999. ISBN 0-932087-57-4.
  • A Biographical Dictionary of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists. By Robert Weinberg. Greenwood Press, 1988. ISBN 0-313-24349-2.
  • Who's Who in American Art. 12th edition. R.R. Bowker, 1976.
  • Biography Index. Volume 6. H.W. Wilson Co., 1965.