Manuel Neri

B: Sanger, CA 1930

California native Manuel Neri was born in 1930 to immigrant parents who fled from Mexico during a time of political unrest. He studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts and later at the California School of Fine Arts. His mentors included Bay Area abstract expressionists Elmer Bischoff, David Park, and Nathan Oliveira, amongst others. Initially sculpting in wire and plaster, Neri also works with bronze, marble, graphite, oil-stick, and plaster. He continues to work and exhibit internationally.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1959 Spatsa Gallery
1972 Davis Art Center
1976 The Oakland Museum of California
1977 Crocker Art Museum
1979 Gallery Paule Anglim
1980 Richmond Art Center
1981 The Art Museum Association
1981 The Mexican Museum
1989 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
1990 Crocker Art Museum
1992 John Berggruen Gallery
1995 Nevada Institute for Contemporary Art
1996 Corcoran Gallery of Art
1997 Galerie Claude Samuel, France
1997 San Jose Museum of Art
2005 Fine Arts Museums of California
2007 Hackett-Freedman
2008 San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

Selected Group Exhibitions

1977 Smithsonian Institution
1978 Everson Museum of Art
1984 Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
1985 Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1988 Bronx Museum of the Arts
1991 M.H. de Young Memorial Museum
1994 The Oakland Museum of California
1995 The Whitney Museum of American Art
1995 California Palace of the Legion of Honor
1995 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
1997 Walker Art Center
2000 Los Angeles County Museum of Art
2007 The Oakland Museum of California

Selected Collections

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
The Whitney Museum of American Art
San Diego Museum of Art
The Oakland Museum of California
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art
Corcoran Gallery of Art
Denver Art Museum
El Paso Museum of Art
Grounds for Sculpture
Laumier Sculpture Park and Museum
Neuberger Museum of Art
Palm Springs Art Museum

GRANTS AND AWARDS:

1953          Oakland Art Museum, Oakland, CA. First Award in Sculpture
1957          Oakland Art Museum, Oakland, CA. Purchase Award in Painting
1959          Nealie Sullivan Award, California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
1963          San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, 82nd Annual Sculpture Award
1965          National Art Foundation Award
1970-75     University of California, Davis, CA. Sculpture Grant
1979          John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York, NY. Artist Fellowship
1980          National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC. Individual Artist Grant
1982          American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY. Academy-Institute Award in Art
1985          San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA. Award of Honor for Outstanding Achievement in Sculpture
1990          San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA. Honorary Doctorate for Outstanding Achievement in Sculpture
1992          California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA. Honorary Doctorate
1995          Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC. Honorary Doctorate
1999          Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach CA. Distinguished Artist Award
2006          International Sculpture Center, Washington, DC. Lifetime Achievement Award in Contemporary Sculpture
2008          San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA. Bay Area Treasure Award

*(for a complete list of exhibitions and more information, please inquire to gallery)

Manuel Neri, 1992, 65″ x 45″ (framed)

Manuel Neri

Manuel Neri, 1974