Andrea Badami

Type
Individual
Role
Artist
Identifier
BadamiAndrea
Lifespan
after 1913
Functions, Occupations, and Activities
>Painter
Heritage
Italian American
Medium
Paint
Biography
Although he was born American, Andrea Badami moved with his family to their native home in Sicily when he was very young. An early teacher urged Badami's parents to enroll him in art lessons, but they thought this was a waste of time and sent him to work on the family farm instead. Badami traveled to America as a teenager, but soon returned to Sicily, relating that "there's nothing to make money [in America]. At least in Corleone, I can sleep under the olive trees." During World War II, he was drafted into the Italian army and sent to North Africa. The British captured him and he spent six years as a prisoner of war in India and England. He settled in Omaha with his wife and daughter after his release, and worked for the Pacific-Union railroad. In 1960, Badami declared the work in a local art gallery to be a "bunch of junk! I can do better," and immediately went home to paint a landscape on his dining room wall (Chuck Rosenak, "Rediscovering Andrea Badami," The Clarion, Spring/Summer 1987) [Retrieved on 11/14/2017 from: https://americanart.si.edu/artist/andrea-badami-196]
Geographic names
Omaha