Salvatore Scarpitta

Salvatore Scarpitta (23 March 1919 - 10 April 2007) was an American artist best known for his sculptural studies of motion.

Scarpitta was born in New York in 1919 to a Sicilian father and Polish-Russian mother. He graduated from Hollywood High School, and then attented the Academia di Belle Arti in Rome. He served in the United States Navy during World War II as a "Monuments Man", finding, preserving and cataloging art stolen by the Nazis.

After the war, Scarpitta remained in Rome, where he worked in his studio. In 1958, Leo Castelli discovered his work and asked him to join his gallery. Scarpitta remained with Castelli until the latter's death in 1999.

Scarpitta's work is characterized by wrapped canvasses, found and wrapped objects made into sleds, and automobile themes.