Italo Scanga (1932–2001) although born in Italy, came to live in the United States when he was a teenager. Yet, his Italian heritage continued to deeply influence his work, especially in subject matter. Statues, ancient pottery, cypress trees, and lush Italian landscapes abound in his pieces, along with strong uses of color and shimmering light effects, elements that have imbued pieces seen in numerous exhibitions worldwide, as well as publicly commissioned works. His work can also be seen in the permanent collections of renowned institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. He received his BA and MA from Michigan State University and worked in southern California until the end of his life.