Antonio Frasconi was born in Buenos Aires, Argentine in 1919 to Italian parents who had migrated to South America during WWI. After Frasconi’s birth, they moved to Montevideo, Uraguay where his parents ran a restaurant. As a child, Fransconi enjoyed drawing, painting and reading and he was apprenticed to a printer at the age of twelve. While he was still a teenager, he published drawings and cartoons in satirical newspapers. In the early 1940s he began to experiment with woodcuts.
In 1954, he moved to the United States to attend the Art Students League and the New School for Social Research in New York City. Using woodcut and lithograph as his primary media, Frasconi soon was recognized as one of America’s foremost woodcut artists.
In 1951, he married artist Leona Pierce. Four years later he wrote and illustrated “See and Say: A Picture Book in Four Languages”, to teach his son about different languages.
Frasconi is a supporter of mass- produced graphic art as a means of widely exposing people to artwork. He has received commissions for advertising, record covers, Christmas cards, magazine illustrations and a U.S. postage stamp.