Alfred D. Crimi (1900–94) was born in eastern Sicily and moved to
New York City in 1910. He attended public school in East Harlem's Little
Italy, and returned to Europe in 1929 to study fresco painting in Rome.
He was one of the most experienced artists in the mural division when he
was hired by the WPA for the Harlem Hospital murals project. He also
worked for the Public Works of Art Project in Key West, Florida.
While working at Harlem Hospital, Crimi entered a national competition
sponsored by the Section of Painting and Sculpture, which was
established under the Department of the Treasury to employ artists on a
contractual basis instead of under the WPA rolls. He won a commission
for two fresco panels in the Post Office Department Building. His other
major works include frescoes at Rutgers Presbyterian Church in New York
City and the Polish Roman Catholic Church in Bayonne, New Jersey. He had
12 solo exhibitions and he participated in group exhibitions at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, the Museum of
Modern Art, the Academy of Arts and Letters, the Chicago Art Institute,
and in Paris, Rome, Bologna, and Trieste.