Biberman was a painter and muralist born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 23, 1904 of Russian emigres. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1924 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics, Biberman studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and in Paris for five years. He worked in New York City before settling in Los Angeles in 1936. During the following years, he was commissioned for murals throughout the country, and his images of Navajos and the desert appear in a number of his 1930s murals. As a muralist, he was influenced by Diego Rivera, whom he had met in New York. His paintings include portraits, figure studies, western landscapes, architectural subjects, and social themes.
He taught at the Art Center College of Design from 1938-50 and from 1950-1980's lectured at University of California, Los Angeles, Extension, University of California, Irvine, Extension, University of California, San Diego, Extension, Loyola Marymount University, and others. He authored two books on his paintings: "The Best Untold" published by the Blue Heron Press, New York, 1954) and "Time and Circumstance" (published by the Ward Richie Press, Los Angeles, 1968). Biberman died on January 27, 1986 at his Hollywood Hills home.
Member: American Artists Congress; National Society of Mural Painters.
Solo exhibitions: over 35 in Paris, Berlin, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, and throughout California.
Group exhibitions: Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Corcoran Gallery of Art; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939. Murals: Los Angeles Post Office; Los Angeles Federal Building (ceiling); Venice, California Post Office.
Awards: since 1929 has won over 20 awards nationally.
Works held: Butler Institute, Youngstown, Ohio; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; Houston Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Palm Springs Desert Museum; California Students Leasgue; Stanford University Library; Portland Library, Oregon; Triton Museum, Santa Clara; De Saisset Museum, University of Santa Clara, California; Smithsonian Institute, National Portrait Gallery.
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.