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Morris County Library Hosts East Hanover Resident and Accomplished Italian Artist for New Exhibit

Credits: Morris County Library

EAST HANOVER, NJ- East Hanover resident and Italian artist Mr. Andreà Cassar will be unveiling his new exhibit “Italian Folk Life: Throughout Three Generations” at the Morris County Library in Whippany on Saturday, March 4th from 2:30-4:00pm.

The exhibit will feature a very different view from what most people think of as “Italian Art”. The work of Cassar, as opposed to the most famous Italian artists such as Michelangelo and da Vinci, focuses on the everyday beauty and struggles of the common Italian’s life. These paintings often depict Italy’s deep history and traditions that don’t often get fully realized in other famous works.

This exhibit consists of 30 oil paintings by Cassar and Mr. Carmelo Rizza, Cassar’s maternal grandfather. Rizza, who lived from 1933 to 2009, was a native of Sicily and was the originator of over 400 Italian folk scenes. He painted in subtle oils on canvas and was known for capturing scenes from everyday Italian life in the latter 20th century. These included portrayals of farming, pastimes and iconic local traditions.

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Continuing his grandfather’s tradition, Cassar paints resplendent snapshots of his adolescence in Italy. From his beginnings in Siracusa in 1983 the painter emigrated to the United States at the age of 21. A child actor in his youth, Cassar stared in several films and television commercials, but found financial troubles after his emigration that saw him drop out of school and work full time until 2013 when he was able to attend Rutgers University to complete degrees in Fine Arts and Graphic Design. Cassar is now a renowned businessman, painter, sculptor and graphic designer and has worked for big name corporations like Banana Republic, Macy’s and The Children’s Place. He has received multiple awards for his work in fine art and graphic design and is a president of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

The event is free to the public. For more information and directions to the Library, please visit

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