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Mauro David Caputo


1935 - 2016 Obituary Condolences Gallery
Mauro David Caputo Obituary
March 25, 1935 - December 25, 2016 Mauro was born in Mount Vernon, New York and graduated from Parson's School of Design in New York and earned a BS in Art Education from NYU. Early in his career, he was Creative Director of Revlon's Packaging Division and then moved west to California in the late 1960's to create award winning cosmetics, "Oil of the Turtle" for Polly Bergan and later, fragrances and packaging for Camp Beverly Hills. Mauro was an entrepreneur creating his own greeting card company and men's fragrance/skincare line, "GIANO". As a top packaging designer he created products and packaging for Pricilla Presley, Fred Hayman, Henry Mancini, Madonna, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Merle Norman Cosmetics, Houbigant, Shaklee, Stetson, Coty Perfumes, and Max Factor. He retired and became a teacher and visual artist, designing art screens, tapestries and contemporary paintings on canvas. He found inspiration in the modern masters like Courbet, Matisse and Manet, using Roy Lichtenstein's witty ben-day dot technique. His visual works were hung in a number of shows in Los Angeles and New York and had his first one man show this past December at Art Core Gallery located in downtown L.A. Mauro was known as a wonderful friend. He was a renaissance man and was extremely thoughtful, generous, caring, and an eternal optimist; "living life to the fullest one day at a time". Mauro is survived by his loving family; wife, art dealer, Molly Barnes Caputo; his son, Mark Caputo and wife Susan and grandchildren, Matthew and Caitlyn; his daughter, Gabriella Ramundo and grandchildren, Sophie and Clifford; his son Gian Caputo and wife Heather and grandchild Enzo, He is also survived by his wife's family: her son, Paul Barnes and grandchildren Paulina and Justin and her daughter, Christie Barnes. A Herb Alpert sculpture generously donated in Mauro's remembrance will be displayed at West L.A. College in Culver City where he taught art and design for many years. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: West Los Angeles College Art Department, Office of the President in memory Mauro Caputo, West Los Angeles College, Attn: Dr. James Limbaugh, 9000 Overland Avenue, Culver City, CA, 90230 or UC Regents, Dr. Rettig's Research in memory of Mauro Caputo, UCLA Health Sciences Development, Attn: Alex Ashworth, 10945 Le Conte Ave, Suite 3132, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 13, 2017
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