Photographer, Norwalk Resident
Emilio Grossi, age 87, beloved husband of Marie L. Guglielmetti Grossi, of Norwalk, passed away May 9, 2014 in Stamford. He was born in Cranston, Rhode Island and was a son to the late John and Josephine Moretti Grossi. Emilio served in the U.S. Navy on submarines in the South Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. After earning a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from Yale University, he taught at the Cleveland Institute of Art where he founded the Department of Photography.
Returning to New York, he was employed as a graphic designer with the firm of I.M.Pei & Associates as well as being a Visiting Critic at the University of Pennsylvania and an Adjunct Professor at The Cooper Union. Some of his design assignments included clients such as General Electric, Sperry Rand, TWA and Standard Brands. He was chosen to design a post card for the U.S. Postal Service commemorating 150 years of the U.S. Census. He became Art Director for Metromedia Television and subsequently Senior Art Director for Fox Television New York.
His photography shows include one man shows at the Cleveland Institute of Art, The University of Texas, the Mansfield Ohio Museum, the Providence Public Library and numerous group shows. His work was selected by Edward Steichen for the Museum of Modern Art and he was also represented at George Eastman House, Rochester, NY. The U.S. Information Agency selected his photographs of James Brown at the Apollo for viewing in various European capitals.
His work in Photography and Painting can be characterized as minimalist and shows strong influence of his teachers Josef Albers, Herbert Matter, Paul Rand, and Norman Ives. He has specialized in black and white photography with a heavy emphasis on large format cameras. He has attributed his dual disciplines, painting and photography, to the influence of Charles Sheeler who mastered both in his remarkable career.
In addition to his loving wife Marie, he is survived by a son Peter J. Grossi and his companion Laura Staires of Milford and two nieces Cindy and Nancy Grossi of RI.
Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Norwalk's Hoyt-Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory 5 East Wall Street has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit www.norwalkfh.com
for more information.
Published by The Hour on May 18, 2014.