Louis Frisino was born in Baltimore, MD on January 26, 1934 and passed away on March 21, 2020 at the age of 86 after 9 years of living with Alzheimer’s Disease. Frisino has been interested in art since childhood. His love for dogs and wildlife was an incentive to develop his talent. Deaf since birth, he attended the Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick, graduating in 1 953. He later graduated with honors from Maryland Institute College of Art, receiving at that time the Peabody Award. Since then he has exhibited in art festivals all along the Eastern seaboard, winning numerous awards for his work. He has done extensive art work including the drawing of 45 separate fish for the 1970 edition of Fishing in Maryland, published in Baltimore. In addition, his work can be seen in many art and specialty shops a cross the United States.
He won first place in the Maryland Duck Stamp contest for 1976/77, 1986/87 and the 1993/94. Louis Frisino won the first Maryland Trout Stamp contest in 1977, then finished first again in 1978 and 1979. He won the first North Carolina Sportsman License Stamp contest in 1987. In 1985 he won the Marie Conway Memorial Purchase Award(second place) and in 1986, 1988 and 1991 he won first place in the Ward Foundation World Championship Wildfowl Painting Competition at Salisbury, Md. In 1977 he took 2nd place in the National Turkey Federation contest.
Louis Frisino’s credits include 1987 New Jersey Duck Stamp, 1988 North Dakota Duck Stamp, 1988 North Dakota Salmon and Trout Stamp, 1989 North Carolina Duck Stamp, 1990 Alaska Duck Stamp, 1990 West Virginia Duck Stamp, Who’s Who in Waterfowl Art by Ray Chapman, and the 1991 Oregon Waterfowl Stamp.
Louis Frisino has worked from photographs on special orders to capture the uniqueness of a personal pet. He is retired from the News American, where he was employed as a commercial artist for 25 years. He is now a full time artist at home with his wife Elaine, and the youngest of their three children. A sketch of Louis Frisino’s life is included in Deaf Heritage, published by Gallaudet College, the world’s first college for the deaf.