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Beniamino Bufano

American, (1898–1970)
Beniamino Benevenuto Bufano was an Italian-born American Modernist sculptor. Working in a stylized aesthetic characterized by smooth continuous curves and a reductive approach to form, his large-scale stone and ceramic pieces frequently depict animals and religious figures. Today, many of his most famous works are located in public spaces around the San Francisco Bay area. Born on October 15, circa 1898 in San Fele, Italy, Bufano’s family immigrated to New York City in 1902, where he went on to study at the Art Students League of New York under the sculptor Herbert Adams before working as an assistant for legendary art patron and artist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Around 1917 he moved to California, where he became friends with the writer Henry Miller and began receiving commissions throughout the state and led to his reputation and esteem as a public sculptor. His works are also held in the collections of Mills College in Oakland, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, among others. Bufano died on August 18, 1970 in San Francisco, CA.

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