Benedict Tatti

Benedict Tatti (American, 1917-1993)
Kinetic
Welded Steel and Paint
61 H. x 16 W. x 16 D. inches
Signed on base: TATTI

Benedict Tatti (American, 1917-1993)
Excalibur
Welded Steel and Paint
45 H. x 15 W. x 13 1/5 D. inches
Signed on base: TATTI

Benedict Tatti (American, 1917-1993)
Abstract Figure
Welded Chain Link
41 H. x 12 1/4 W. x 10 D. inches

Benedict Tatti (American, 1917-1993)
Abstract Form
Welded Pickaxes
36 H. x 11 W. x 11 D. inches
Signed on base: TATTI

Benedict Tatti (American, 1917-1993)
Two Figures
Welded Steel
24 H. x 36 W. x 22 D. inches

Benedict Tatti (American, 1917-1993)
Oriental, circa 1975
Steel
22 1/2 H. x 15 W. x 8 D. inches

Benedict Tatti (American, 1917-1993)
Geometric, cicra 1960
Welded Steel
16 H. x 16 W. x 12 D. inches
Base 2 H. inches

Benedict Tatti (American, 1917-1993)
Owl
Steel and Paint
16 1/2 H. x 7 W. x 3 1/2 D. inches

Benedict Tatti (American, 1917-1993)
Horse
Welded Steel and Paint
20 H. x 26 1/4 W. x 5 3/4 D. inches
Signed: TATTI

Benedict Tatti (American, 1917-1993)
Tree
Welded Bronze and Slag
16 H. x 11 W. x 13 D. inches

Benedict Tatti (American, 1917-1993)
Abstract composition
Torn Steel
14 H. x 16 W. x 16 1/2 D. inches

Benedict Tatti (American, 1917-1993)
Bird in Flight, circa 1950s
Marble
12 3/4 H. x 7 1/4 W. inches
Signed on base: TATTI

Benedict Tatti (American, 1917-1993)
Bird, Circa 1970
Sheet Lead Soldered
5 1/2 H. x 6 3/4 W. inches
Signed on base: TATTI

Benedict Tatti (American, 1917-1993)
Lead Abstraction V, circa 1970
Soldered Lead
6 1/8 H. x 7 W. inches
Signed on base: TATTI

Benedict Tatti (American, 1917-1993)
Lead Abstraction VI, circa 1970
Soldered lead and wire
3 3/4 H. x 6 3/4 W. inches
Signed on base: TATTI

Benedict Tatti (American, 1917-1993)
Lead Abstract IV, circa 1970
Soldered Lead
3 1/4 H. x 6 1/4 W. inches
Signed on base: TATTI

Benedict Tatti (American, 1917-1993)
Face In the Mirror, circa 1955
Oil on canvas, 20 H. x 16 W. inches

Benedict Tatti (American, 1917-1993)
Feeding Frenzy Seagulls Monhegan, 1959
Watercolor on paper
14 H. x 20 W. inches
Signed LR: TATTI
Titled, Estate Stamped, dated verso

Benedict Tatti (American, 1917-1993)
Maine Coast, Monhegan Island, 1950
Watercolor on paper
14 1/2 H. x 19 3/4 W. inches
Signed & Dated LR: B. Tatti ’50
Titled, Dated, Estate Stamped Verso

Benedict Tatti (American, 1917-1993)
Monhegan Island, Maine, 1960
Watercolor on paper
15 1/4 H. x 11 1/4 W. inches
Signed, titled , dated verso

Benedict Tatti (American, 1917-1993)
Seagulls Monhegan, c 1955
Watercolor on paper
16 1/2 H. x 14 1/2 W. inches

Benedict Tatti
American, 1917–1993
Head, c. 1960
Marble, limestone, and granite mounted on a wood base
11 3/4 H. x 5 1/2 W. x 6 1/2 D. inches.

Benedict Tatti (American, 1917-1993)
Monhegan Island, Maine, 1947
Watercolor on paper
7 1/2 H. x 11 W. inches
Signed, Titled, Dated Verso

Benedict Tatti
American, 1917–1993
Reclining Nude
Marble
5 3/4 H. x 7 3/4 W. inches

Benedict Tatti
American, 1917-1993
Abstract Form
Wood, 9 H. inches

Artist Description

Benedict Michael Tatti was born in New York City on May l, l917.  At an early age, he demonstrated a marked talent for art. While attending Haaren High School, he studied stone and wood carving under Louis Slobodkin at the Roerich Museum.  He later attended the Leonardo da Vinci School of Art studying under Attillio Piccirelli. In l939 he taught adult classes with the Teachers Project of the W.P.A. and attended the Art Students League for three and a half years on full scholarship.  He studied under William Zorach and Ossip Zadkin and became Zorach’s assistant.

He began to exhibit his early works at the ACA Gallery, Puma Gallery, Weyhe Gallery and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art under the Artists for Victory Show in 1942.  During the early years of World War II, he worked at the Brooklyn Navy yard as a welder until he was drafted in 1943 into the US Army Air Force where he spent more than three years in a variety of assignments.  He won first prize for his sculpture, “Soldier”, in the National Soldier Art Competition, which was exhibited at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C. and the Chicago Art Institute. He continued to direct carve both wood and stone into the decade of the fifties.  He also developed his watercolor techniques during summer visits to Monhegan Island, Maine, where many of his friends summered. In l970, he was awarded Artist-in-Residence with the National Center for Experiments in Television at KQED in San Francisco. This started a period of experimentation with video imaging that lasted some 10 years.  After acquiring the technology, he became an associate member of the “Kitchen” at the Mercer Street Art Center exhibiting video sculpture along with other early innovators of this new art form.

He retired from teaching but continued to work and exhibit in the 1980’s.  His work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institute, American Numismatic Society, USDAN Center for Performing Arts, Arts Students League, Monhegan Museum and Dunbarton Oaks.

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