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Jacques Schnier

American, (1898–1988)
Jacques Schnier was a Romanian-born American artist, sculptor, author, educator, and engineer. Schnier was born in Constanța, Romania and moved to the United States with his family in 1903 where he was raised in San Francisco. Schnier received his A.B. degree in engineering from Stanford University in 1920.[ After receiving his engineering degree, he worked as an engineer at the Hawaiian Sugar Plantation Company (also known as Makaweli Plantation) in Kauai, Hawaii until 1923. Schnier then left engineering and earned an M.A. degree in sociology in 1939 from the University of California, Berkeley. During this time, he also started taking architecture classes. He was a professor of sculpture at UC Berkeley for over 30 years and he founded their sculpture department, working from 1936 to 1966. Schnier's relationship with Albert M. Bender, a San Francisco patron of the arts, helped sustain his creative work and he became known for modernist sculptures and mural painting. His work in the 1920s to mid-1940s was figurative; after serving in the United States Army during World War II his work became more abstract. In the 1960s, his work started to look more organic in shape.

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