Fonds F0675 - Luigi Nasato fonds

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Luigi Nasato fonds

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0.84 m of textual records
1.35 m of graphic material + 22 oversized rolls
ca. 4100 photographs : b&w and col. ; 61 x 53 cm or smaller
ca. 2400 photographs : b&w and col. negatives ; 6 x 6 cm or smaller
4 photographs : col. slides ; 35 mm
1 computer disc : DVD (59 photographs)
2 framed certificates ; 48 x 65 or smaller
2 plaques ; 28 x 32 cm or smaller
1 medallion : glass and gold leaf ; 12 x 12 cm
1 box of ceramic tiles
1 mold : silicone ; 16 x 25 x 1 cm
1 relief sculpture : plaster ; 14 x 23 x 0.5 cm
1 plate : ceramic ; 16 x 12 x 2 cm
3 mosaics : ceramic on glass ; 26 x 26 cm each

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(20 Nov. 1924 - 18 Dec. 2014)

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Luigi Nasato (20 Nov. 1924 – 18 Dec. 2014) was an Italian-Canadian mosaicist, painter and commercial illustrator. Nasato was born to Ettore Nasato and Caterina Girotto in Istrana, Italy, where he attended the Commerical School of Treviso. In 1941, he entered the State Institute of Art in Venice, Italy, specializing in painting and decorating. While at the Institute, Nasato earned a Master’s degree in Art and, in 1947, a teaching diploma in Pictorial Arts. In 1951, he emigrated to Argentina and worked for three years as a fine decorator in a ceramics factory. He subsequently co-founded the ceramic dinnerware company, Hanacoer, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, where he worked as a decorator for several years. In 1959, Nasato emigrated to Toronto. He was hired as a designer in mosaics at Conn Arts Studio, a position he left in 1965 for a similar position at De Montford Studio. He subsequently worked as a technical illustrator at Douglas Aircraft from 1971 to 1976 and as a designer for Classic Mouldings from 1976 to 1989. Nasato was granted Canadian citizenship in 1976. He retired in 1989 at the age of 65. Throughout his career, he created and collaborated on church mosaics throughout Toronto and environs. His work can be seen in: Our Lady of the Airways and St. Michael’s Ukranian churches in Mississauga; ; St. Eugene’s church in Hamilton; St. Michael’s Hospital chapel, Church of the Holy Name, Our Lady of Sorrows, St. John Bosco, St. Clare of Assisi, St. Peter’s, St. Edward’s, and St. Wilfrid’s churches in Toronto; among others. His Monumento ai Caduti, a public panel mosaic commemorating fallen soldiers, stands on display in his native Istrana. He was awarded multiple times for his artistic contribution by the Treviso nel Mondo and named a "Premio Eccellenze Venete nel Mundo" by the Regione del Veneto in 2014.

Nasato married Elena Fantin on July 24, 1954. They had two daughters, Silvia Eisner and Rosalba Stragier.

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Fonds consists of records pertaining to the personal and professional life of Italian-Canadian artist Luigi Nasato. These records, dating from 1931 to 2015, document Nasato’s early life and education in Istrana, Italy, as well as his emigration to first Argentina and then Toronto, Ontario. The records primarily pertain to Nasato’s artistic output and include several hundred drawings, sketches, paintings, and preliminary studies created over the course of his career, as well as a number of awards granted to Nasato on the basis of his artistic contributions. Many of the artistic works included in the fonds relate to projects completed in Toronto and environs, particularly to mosaic projects created by Nasato at a number of churches in the region. Fonds also includes notes on art history and artistic technique created by Nasato as both a student and professional artist, as well as miscellaneous textual and financial records pertaining to the practicalities of his artistic career. Also included in the fonds is an extensive collection of photographs and clippings, compiled by Nasato over the course of his life, most of which document works of art created by Nasato and others.

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Donated by Elena Nasato in 2015.


Fonds is arranged into four series.

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  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

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Fonds consists of the following accession: 2015-031. Further accruals may be expected.

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2015/10/16 C. Falls (Creation)

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  • English


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