Victor Di Gessu
Victor Di Gessu came to Del Monte Park after serving as an army sargent in WWII. While in basic traing in Fort Ord on the Monterey Peninsula he was exposed to the life and bohemian culture during leave which was tolerated on the Monterey Peninsula during the late 1940's and 1950's. The GI bill enabled him to purchase lot in Del Monte Park for $175.00 . After moving his new wife Janet in, they rented their house for a year to Bill and Amy Nelson as the Nelson's were building on a lot nearby. The Di Gessu's traveled to Europe and Spain during that time to study art, Flamenco music and dance. He became interested in painting through Janet who had studied art in Europe previously and at Art Center in Los Angeles.Drawn to both impressionist and abstract painting , Victor was an accomplished painter and Flamenco guitarist who with his wife Janet gave performances and lesson's at their home.
In the afternoon you could find the front door open and the sound of KPFA radio accompanied by Victor practicing guitar and smoking his pipe.Always friendly and congenial, Victor shared his art and music with many of the younger generations that frequented his and Janet's home.He was a lifetime member of the Carmel Art Association and his work is shown and collected to this day.