Luigi Lucioni was born in Malante, a small town in Northern Italy in 1900. Though he is best known as one of America’s most brilliant landscape painters, Lucioni’s attention to detail can be traced to his early works as an etcher in 1922. He mastered a technique that stressed sharp linear precision and this technique was instrumental in developing Lucioni’s precise painting style.
At the age of ten, he moved with his family, to the United States. In 1915, he began studying art in night classes at Cooper Union. Before he was twenty Lucioni enrolled at the National Academy of Design and began supporting himself as an illustrator for newspapers and magazines in New York. After three years at the Academy, he received a fellowship to the Tiffany Foundation, which enabled him to go back to his homeland to study Italian primitives.
Lucioni had his first one-man show in 1927 at the Ferargil Galleries in New York. In 1929, he began spending part of each year in Vermont, painting still lifes and landscapes of the area’s hills and barns. He later taught at the Art Students League in New York.
In 1939, Lucioni received first prize at the Carnegie International and in 1941, his portrait of John La Farge was voted best painting by visitors to the Corcoran Biennial in Washington D.C. He is a member of the Allied Art Association and the Brooklyn Society of Etchers.