Artist Carl Basco’s works include inking, watercolor, metal sculpture and other media. Born in Chicago and raised in Milwaukee, Carl is married to his beautiful wife Dorothy and they have lived in Menomonee Falls for 45 years. He has five children and 12 grandchildren. Carl graduated from Pulaski High School and then played Professional Minor League Baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cleveland Indians. He served two years in the Army.
Carl studied Art at Milwaukee Teachers College (now UWM) under such Masters as John Colt, Ted Kranik and Joseph Friebert. Carl’s work is nature centered, often featuring birds, trees, and farm scenes. It can be described as representative without being strictly realistic. He has exhibited in galleries in Door County, Green Bay, The Starving Artist (Mount Mary Campus), MOWA in West Bend and two galleries in Milwaukee (Bressler and St. John’s on the Lake). Carl has earned many awards in Art in the Milwaukee area. Private commissions have been carried out in varied media.
This influential quote by the famous Danish poet Piet Hein summarizes Carl’s passion for art:
“I am a humble artist
moulding my earthly clod,
adding my labour to nature's,
simply assisting God.
Not that my labour is needed,
yet somehow I understand,
my Maker has deemed it that I too should have
Unmoulded clay in my hand.”