Louis Frisino

Kate Segura

Louis Frisino's life

General Information

  • birth: September 15, 1906
  • born and raised in Baltimore City, Maryland
  • born deaf
  • an artist
  • started drawing at a young age
  • death: September 24, 1980 in Baltimore City, Maryland


  • transferred to St. Fredrick Xavier School for the Deaf at 9 years old
  • graduated from Maryland School of the Deaf at 19
  • attended Maryland Institute College of Art for 6 years and graduated with honors

Why is he famous?

  • he's the first ever Deaf Commercial Artist


  • received Peabody Award
  • in 1972, he was published in a magazine in Utah named "North American Decoys"
  • in the mid 70's, his artwork was displayed in Tom Colfield's "The Fisherman's Guide to North America"
  • after his publication in the book, the Wildlife Federation used 2 of his paintings for Christmas cards in 1976 and in 1977

Interesting Facts:

  • his first publication "Fishing In Maryland" series features 45 separate paintings of fish in 1970. The book was published in Baltimore

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