Carmine DeVivi

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DeVivi, Carmine W.

June 27th, 1929 â€" Jan. 12th, 2017

Carmine DeVivi was born in Rural Valley, PA.

He is survived by wife Patricia, daughter Skye, grandchildren Andrew and Annabella, nieces, nephews and numerous friends. He was preceded in death by both parents and five siblings.

He served four years in the U.S. Air Force in the OSI division. He received his Bachelors Degree in Advertising Design from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and his Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. He then went on to teach at the Hill School in Pottstown, PA and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.He and his wife Patricia moved to California and he continued to teach at the Athenian School in Danville, CA and the College of the Arts in Oakland, CA. After teaching, he became an entrepreneur, opening his own gallery and gift shop in Danville, CA called The Image Maker. During this time he continued to mentor while creating and exhibiting his own works of art, which he received numerous awards and recognition for. His artwork is owned, displayed and part of numerous private collections throughout the world. He will be best remembered in Danville, CA not only for his gallery but as the Original Father Christmas. He was instrumental in the foundation of the tree lighting ceremony and volunteered his time to play the role of Father Christmas for many years until he moved to Corrales, NM. He again opened his own gallery The Carmine DeVivi Gallery, was an avid garderner and would sell his plants at the growers markets throughout the Albuquerque, Los Ranchos and Corrales areas, raised chickens and sheep and of course continued to create extraordinary works of art culminating in a retrospective of his art of 50 years in 2011 in Los Ranchos, NM. He and his wife Patricia founded the newcomers club in Corrales, NM which later became Compadres De Corrales. He was an incredible human being, fantastic cook, mentor, artist, advocate, generous & kind. He will be missed by all.

A celebration of his life is planned for February 5th, 2017 at 2:00pm at the Old San Ysidro Church 966 Old Church Road in Corrales, NM. There will also be a memorial TBA in the Spring in Danville, CA. His remains will be placed at the Santa Fe National Cemetery in a private family ceremony. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Corrales Volunteer Fire Department or the Parkinson's Research Foundation.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Jan. 22, 2017