Manuel Neri

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

Manuel Neri

Manuel Neri, 1974