John Charles Haley was a painter, muralist, sculptor, printmaker, teacher and collector. His earliest studies began at the Saint Paul School of Fine Art where he came under the influential instruction of Cameron Booth. His art education continued in Europe where he studied with Hans Hofmann in Munich and André Lhote in Paris. Haley arrived in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1930 and began his forty-two year career as Professor of Art at the University of California in Berkeley. Fascinated by the art of other cultures, he amassed an amazing collection of art, masks, and artifacts which inspired his sculptural work.