The Art of Fred Valentino at our Oak Park store

The Art of Fred Valentino at our Oak Park store 

       Friday July 26th 6pm to 8pm


Fred Valentino's work is from a different time. Creating in the late '40's and '50's Fred's work reflect's the periods values and optimism. Bright color's, happy theme's and a natural eye mark Fred's work.

Fred was born Frederick Charles Valentino on March 23, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in the Taylor and Western neighborhood. He attended the John Crerar Elementary School at Taylor Street and Campbell Avenue and attended the Carter H. Harrison High School.

Fred showed a fine ability to draw and do paintings in elementary school and more so during his four years of high school.  Under the teaching supervision of his wonderful  high school art teacher, Mrs. Katherine Williams, Fred learned techniques in perspective and  painting. He won first place in a "Clean Up Week" poster contest depicting beautifully drawn large hands squeezing a cloth tightly, with soap suds falling on the facade of the architecturally beautiful Harrison High School.

After graduating from high school, Fred went on to attend The Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.  Walt Disney also attended this school.  After completing his studies at the Academy, Fred worked for "Popular Mechanics" magazine doing layouts there and later worked as a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools.

All artwork is from the collection of Jeannine Valentino and is for sale.