|Acquisition Number: 54.3
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 35 1/2" x 47 1/2"
Credit: Purchased by the Canton Museum of Art
Didactic: Mario Bertolini was born at home in Youngstown, Ohio, to parents Luigi Bertolini and Elena Macor. In 1933, his family returned to Bertiolo, Italy for one year where at a young age he became fluent in both French and Italian.
Bertolini met his wife Ada at a dance and can happen when they became engaged, not all of her family was happy with the news; Mario's family was so obviously Italian. Nevertheless they were married July 30, 1949 and fortunately after their marriage, everyone was eventually won over by the charm and personality of Mario.
Mario and Ada lived in Iowa City together while attending Iowa State University for their teaching certifications. Moving back to Niles, Ohio, their family grew and eventually they had five children: Joseph, Mary Helen, Mary Frances, and Lawrence and a daughter Judy, who died in infancy. He made his living as a school art teacher and in his spare time, he was active as a member of the TAG Art group of Youngstown.
After a sudden fall and short stay at Northside Medical, he died surrounded by his family.