Giuseppe Leone Cadenasso was a native of Genoa Italy who moved to California and became a well known California landscape painter.
He was a multi-talented artist, pursuing music as an opera singer at the Tivoli Opera House in addition to his painterly endeavors.
Painter Jules Tavernier is credited with discovering his talent and arranging for Cadenasso to study for free under the tutelage of Joseph Harrington. He continued his education at the Mark Hopkins Institute, studying under Arthur Mathews.
He was an innovative painter who used his hands, as well as his brushes, to apply paint to the canvas.
In 1902, he became the head of the art department at Mills College and continued to paint the landscapes for which he is best known.
His work was exhibited at the San Francisco Art Association, the Mark Hopkins Institute and the Panama Pacific International Expo, among other prestigious events. His paintings are part of the collections of the California Historical Society and Mills College in Oakland, St. Mary's College in Moraga and many others.
Giuseppe Leone Cadenasso died tragically and unexpectedly. After accompanying his son on his way to fight in World War II, Cadenasso was killed in a traffic accident in San Francisco.