Remembering Mosaicist Antonio Bianchini (1939-2019)

Jan 18, 2019 297

Antonio Bianchini was born in Tripoli, Libya with Italian citizenship. After WWII, he and his family, that included four siblings, moved back to Rome and lived in a refugee camp for nine years. The accommodations included a single room separated by a sheet, community bathrooms and traveling three flights to gather, water. His childhood experiences included playing soccer on the AS Roma minor league team, finishing 6th place in Italy during high school in the 1500 meters and boxing.

He supported his family by working at Giolittis Ice Cream shop near Piazza di Spagna, the opera house in Rome and other food service related establishments. He traveled from Italy to New York aboard an ocean liner with a suitcase and a roll of salami given lo him by his mother. Upon arrival, sadly, the salami was not allowed through customs. His older brothers Orazio and Salvatore brought him to Washington DC to start his new life.

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