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Frank Serratoni was born March 1, 1906 in Detroit, Michigan, and was the fifth child of nine. He studied commercial art and ended as a watercolorist well known for his San Francisco scenes. At age 19, he won a contest on a "Greater Detroit" theme, and his subject was a river front civic center. This story of his winning artwork was carried on front pages of all Detroit and Windsor papers. Frank attended the Detroit Society of Arts & Crafts on a scholarship.
In the late 1940's he moved to San Francisco where he first started a silk screen process with the San Francisco prints in the 1940's and other large prints. This process to color the areas was not successful, because the color range was limited and eventually faded. He then created his small San Francisco prints in the 1940's. They were a lithographed (plates were made for each of the 12 scenes) on a watercolor tolerant paper. The areas were painted in with watercolors and the finish looked almost like an original. He blended the colors giving the right tones for each area. He sold them at Paul Elders Book Store in San Francisco, City of Paris, and he also sold large original watercolors in a frame shop in Oakland.
Serratoni watercolors hang in the Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, CA and the exclusive men's club, Olympic. The large watercolors are still hanging in the Fairmont Hotel along with other well-known artist. Frank Serratoni is listed in Edan Hughes' book, Artists in California, 1790 - 1940.