John Cutruzzola was born in the small village of Gagliato, in the southern Italian region of Calabria.
From an early age John displayed a propensity for the arts and architecture. Pursuing his passions through sketching, composing poetry, music lessons and educational courses. By the age of thirteen, necessity required John to focus on providing for himself and his family. At the age of sixteen, John had acquired his Master Builder status and secured his first construction contract. John continued to foster a strong sense of self-improvement and the priority of giving back to the community. Barely twenty one years of age and the owner of a successful construction company John gained the respect and admiration of his townspeople, whom elected him Mayor of the town. Shortly thereafter, with aspirations of furthering his opportunities and education, John left for Canada. John knew his life’s work lays in the foundation and development of the artist, citizen and entrepreneur in his new country.
From the early days in Canada, John established a network of friends and contemporaries within the local Toronto art scene. Inspired by his new community, John applied himself to mastering his English and technical skills, while continuing with his art studies. In the late 1960’s and 70’s, as a master builder and a passionate advocate for the development of local culture, John was instrumental in developing Toronto’s now prestigious Yorkville district.
In the 1980’s John, relocated his home and focus to the town of Brampton. Here in this vastly emerging city, the principles of John’s life took hold. He actively immersed himself in the improvement of important cultural and artistic elements in the community.