Frank Rampolla

Frank Rampolla (1931-1971) was a master figurative expressionist artist and art professor. Rampolla, schooled in the ways of the old masters, had an extraordinary classical knowledge of the arts and literature. He was a classically trained pianist and composer as well as a painter, sculptor, and printmaker. During his prime art-making days, as always, the arts were an integral facet of American society; they reflected the national issues of the time. In the 1960s, it was the Civil Rights movement, women's rights and the pill, Vietnam, Camelot, the Cold War, the space race, drugs, rock 'n' roll, free love, and hippies searching for the meaning of freedom and expression. The art welcomed rebellion, but Pop Art paintings of soup cans and gumball machines became the mainstream. A few artists chose the path led not by the whims of the market but the truth of their own conscience with a deep concern for the human condition. Rampolla ascended from this select group. The artist's works are in the permanent collections of museums across the country, including The Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida; The Philadelphia Museum of Art; and he Library of Congress and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.