Raymond Puccinelli was an American sculptor and educator. He was active in his work in San Francisco, Baltimore, and Florence, Italy. Puccinelli studied fine arts at California School of Fine Arts (now San Francisco Art Institute), and at the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design. In 1927, Puccinelli travelled to Lucca, Italy for a year to study further sculptural training and Italian art history (specifically Romanesque, Gothic, and late Renaissance sculpture). When he returned to San Francisco, he studied under Jorge Vieira and Beniamino Bufano. In the 1940s, he had an art studio in Chinatown, San Francisco at 15 Hotaling Place. He had shared studio space with Diego Rivera, where he was able to meet Fernand Léger and Oskar Kokoschka. Puccinelli taught sculpture at University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), and periodically at Mills College.