THE GALLERY SEEKS EARLY ARTWORK BY MARTIN JANTO - ESPECIALLY ARTWORK AS A LAYTON STUDENT PRE 1950. CONTACT THE GALLERY AT: info@GalleryofWisconsinArt.com
BORN: November 11, 1918, Cudahy, WI
DIED: June 16, 1993, Washington, Maine
Martin, the fifth child of seven was born on Armistice Day,. His parents were farmers, and immigrants from what is now Slovakia.
As a youth, he was a talented athlete, and at 14, he was commissioned to produce a banner to span the main street of Cudahy - to mark the first Infantile Paralysis drive; a portrait of President Roosevelt.
At 17, he hitchhiked to Florida and back and later worked for the area's largest employer - Cudahy Brothers Meat Packing Plant. He was active helping to found the first meat packers' union.
In 1942 Martin was inducted into the army and while on active duty, sustained a serious eye injury. Discharged in 1944, he began attending the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee on the GI Bill. After graduating from Layton in 1948, he attended the Chicago Art Institute. With the proceeds from selling his art work, moved to Europe. His art at this time was generally realistic, direct, with surreal overtones.
After study at the Sorbonne in Paris, he had a successful one...