Robert Graham (1938- ) was born in Mexico City. At age 10 he moved to San Jose. After receiving his B.A. from San Jose State in 1963 and a degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1964, he achieved notoriety in pop art circles by making small wax nude figures in plexiglas boxes. Beginning in the early 1970s, he started casting anatomically accurate and detailed female nudes in bronze. This distinctively realistic quality can be seen in the figures of the Olympic Gateway and the four nudes he cast for fountains inside the atrium of the Wells Fargo Center, and "Prime Source" at the top of the Library Steps. He has been widely exhibited in numerous one-man and group exhibitions and his works are in the collections of many museums, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney in New York City, the Hirschhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Art.
The text has been provided courtesy of Michael Several, Los Angeles, January 1998.
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