Artist and teacher Gerald (Gerry) Donato earned his MA and BS degrees from Northern Illinois University and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin Madison. A long-term professor of studio art at Virginia Commonwealth university, Donato employed visual references taken from popular culture from New York's Bowery, Italy, and Paris and the Richmond art scene to create his paintings. His appropriation of an early Disney precursor to Mickey Mouse, known as "Steamboat Willie" renamed "Mr. Man" by Donato, pops up routinely, as seen in Untitled. Rendered in simple gestures, often, Mr. Man is paired with a mysterious feminine muse the artist calls "Moon-face."
Gerald Donato (American, 1941-2010)
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Taubman Museum of Art
painting (visual works)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. University Libraries
Taubman Museum of Art (Repository)
Gift of Victor and Betty Kord
Gerald Donato (American, 1941-2010), “Untitled,” Southwest Virginia Digital Library, accessed September 16, 2019, http://di.lib.vt.edu/items/show/953.