Paul Crotto (born 1922, New York - d. 2016, Paris) was an American painter, sculptor and printmaker.
Crotto studied at the Art Student League in New York and then traveled to Europe. He studied for two years at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze and then went to Paris, where he rented a studio in Montmartre and spent another two years at Fernand Léger's Academy. He made engravings in Atelier Lacourière in Montmartre, a studio created by Roger Lacourière, where he met Henri Matisse, Joan Miró and he showed his artwork in group exhibitions with Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, André Derain and Jean Fautrier. While he lived in Paris he was an art teacher at the American School in Paris. Between 1955-1959, Crotto visited Deià, Mallorca for the first time, on the recommendation of his friend William Waldren, who described it as a paradise on Earth for artists, writers and poets. He became part of the artistic Deià community, he became friends with poet Robert Graves and he returned constantly throughout his life.
It was the French gallerist Jeanne Castel who discovered Crotto in 1961. Throughout his life, Crotto had been regularly exhibiting his work in solo and group exhibitions in Europe and United States. In 1963 in France, he was awarded the "Prix International de Villeneuve-sur-Lot".
He presented his work at the Salon d'Automne, Salon du Dessin et de la Peinture à l'Eau, Salon de la Jeune Peinture and Comparaisons at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris.
Galerie Jeanne Castel, Paris, 1961;
Galerie Jeanne Castel, Paris, 1962;
Galerie Blanche, Stockholm, 1963;
Musée d'Art International, San Francisco, 1965;
Galerie Grave, Munich, 1966;
Galerie Grave, Munich, 1967;
Galerie René Drouet, Paris, 1968;
Maison Nationale des Artistes, Paris, 2016
Mostra di Artisti Americani, Florence, 1951;
American Painters in France, Galerie Craven, Paris, 1953;
Dix Ans de Prix de Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Paris, 1964;
Obelisk Gallery, Boston, 1964;
Galerie Bernheim Jeune, Paris, 1965;
Galerie am Alten Hof, Munchen, 1967;
School of Paris, Galerie Juarez, Los Angeles, 1967;
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