Emilio A. Serio watercolor "Reclining Male Nude" on toned paper. The image measures 8 x 12 inches and the original frame measures 16 x 19.5 inches. All original and signed at lower right. Serio was born in 1930 and died in 2015. After graduating as valedictorian from Newark’s Arts High School, he studied at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art. Following his discharge from the army, Emilio returned to art school in Newark once again to continue his interrupted art programs. He moved to New York City to work as a commercial artist and to further his studies at the Art Students League and at the National Academy of Fine Arts. His works were brought to the attention of Willard Cummings, the acclaimed American painter and founder of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Cummings became not only his mentor, but friend and an important force in persuading him to break with commercial art and to pursue a career as a painter.