|Lester Boronda |
Lester Boronda was a painter and sculptor of iron. Born in Reno, Nevada on July 24, 1886, he was a member of an early pioneer California family (his great-grandfather was a member of the second Junipero Serra expedition into Alta California in 1770). Boronda was raised on a Salinas cattle ranch where today the family home is a state historical landmark. His art studies began in San Francisco at the Mark Hopkins Institute under Arthur Matthews, continued at the Art Students League in New York under Frank DuMond, and the finishing touches to his art training were in Munich and in Paris under Laurens. In 1910 he exhibited at the Del Monte Art Gallery in Monterey before moving in 1913 to New York where he established an important craftsman center. His painting specialty was the genre of old Monterey and after moving to the East, street scenes of New York. Most of his career was spent in New York City and Mystic, Connecticut. He died at New Canaan, Connecticut on September 19, 1953.
Works Held: Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art; Sierra Nevada Museum, Reno.
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.