A printmaker, painter and sculptor Edmond Casarella was born in Newark, New Jersey on September 3, 1920. Upon his graduation from Cooper Union in 1942, he was hired by Anthony Velonis to print serigraphs at Creative Printmakers under the National Youth Administration which was part of the New Deal. The following year he created the poster for the 1943 exhibition, Artists for Victory. Casarella joined the U.S. Army in 1944 and fought in Europe during World War II. After his discharge he studied at the Brooklyn Museum School from 1949 to 1951, studying printmaking with Gabor Peterdi.