Beniamino Benvenuto Bufano (1889-1970) was born in San-Fele, Italy on October 14, 1889. He moved to New York and studied with private tutors at the "Art Students League" from 1913 to 1915. He was the pupil of James L. Fraser, Herbert Adams, and Paul Manship. In 1915, he went to San Francisco to work on a sculpture for the Panama Pacific International Exposition. Bufano traveled extensively for four years in France, Italy, India, and China. After returning to San Francisco in 1921, he remained there the rest of his life except for visits to the Orient and Europe. Always a radical, he lost his teaching position at San Francisco Institute of Art in 1923 because he was too modern for the conservative faculty. He later taught at the University of California at Berkeley and the California College of Arts and Crafts (1964-65). His work, simple in style and monumental in scale, includes smoothly rounded animals in granite and icons sheathed in stainless steel.

Member: San Francisco Art Association; National Sculpture Society; American Artists Congress.

Exhibited: Arden Galleries (NYC), 1925 (solo); Salon d'Automne (Paris), 1927; San Francisco Art Ass'n, 1935 (first prize); San Francisco Museum of Art, 1935, 1936, 1937 (solos); Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939; California Academy of Sciences (SF), 1974 (solo); Oakland Museum, 1974.

Works held: San Francisco Museum of Art; San Francisco Longshoreman's Union (St Francis); Metropolitan Museum; San Francisco Airport (Peace); Mills College, Oakland (Mother of Races); San Francisco City College (St Francis); Oakland Museum.

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