Norman Zammitt’s father came from Palermo, Sicily, Italy and his mother was a Mohawk Indian of the Iroquois Nation.
Norman Zammitt was born on February 3, 1931, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
When Zammitt was seven years old, his family relocated to the Caughnawaga Reservation outside of Montreal. In four years, the Zammitts moved to Buffalo, New York and finally settled down in the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California. By the moment, the artist was fourteen.
Norman revealed his passion for art in his childhood. A twelve-year-old boy, he saw for the first time an oil painting by a Dutch artist in a gallery. He was fascinated by the cartoons and animation, including Disney movies, and produced his own characters for the schools’ newspapers. This artistic activity was marked by various prizes and awards.