Lucy Agid
(b. 1929)

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20 x 14 x 6 1/2 inches

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Lucy Bradanovic Agid is renowned for sculptural work that captures the beauty and hardship of the world, while celebrating the human spirit. Her thoughtful figurative compositions reflect her deep concern and love for people, and her masterful training and skills. Agid developed an interest in sculpture from a young age and knew that she would grow into an artist. Born in 1929 in San Pedro, California, her parents immigrated to America from the small island of Vis off the coast from Split in Croatia. Agid struggled socially and academically at school but found an outlet for her creativity in drawing and building. Although her parents did not support her passion to be an artist, she worked at a fish cannery from age 16 to 24 to fund her education at Otis College of Art and Design. Her prodigious talent and skill earned her the Millard Sheets Scholarship and acclaim from faculty members. Renowned painter Francis de Erdely was so impressed by her work that he bought one of her pieces and advised her to follow her dream to become an artist.

While Agid continued to study and sculpt, she decided to marry and start a family. As a dedicated mother, she maintained her studio practice but did not regularly exhibit her work until the 1980s. Her work was well received as she began exhibiting on the local and international scale. Her sculptures have been shown at venues in California, New York, and Arizona, as well as several European cities. In 1987, she participated in an exhibition in Pietrasanta Italy, which is a source for much of her marble and bronze casting.

Agidís remarkable passion and quality of work has led to her success, and earned the artist numerous awards and recognitions. Her process of creating depictions of the human condition is as organic as the subject matter; she begins with a sketch, and then makes a small clay prototype before chiseling the marble product. The most important element within her artwork is its life. As Agid herself has eloquently stated, ďWith me it is continuous movement and rhythm and design. Itís seeing everyday life and conveying it in form.Ē

Solo exhibitions: 2000 Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA; 2000 Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs; 1999 Calafia Art Gallery, Santa Ana, CA; 1998 National Academy of Design, New York City; 1998 Juerez Fine Art, Laguna Beach; 1997 Malaga Bank, Palos Verdes, CA; 1996 House Institute, Los Angeles, CA; 1995 Galleria Mamo, Lucca, Italy; 1994 Galleria Lido, Pietrasanta; 1993 Braille Institute, Los Angeles, CA; 1993 Joslyn Fine Arts Gallery, Torrance; 1992 Armstrong Theater, Torrance, CA; 1992 Joslyn Art Gallery, Torrance, CA; 1992 Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA; 1991 La Jolla Gallery, La Jolla, CA; 1990 Laura Larkin, Del Mar, CA; 1989 Loyola Marymount University ;1989 Galleria de Arte, Forte dei Marmi, Italy; 1988 Riviera Gallery, Redondo Beach, CA; 1986 Curt Wagner Village Gallery, Redondo Beach, CA; 1985 Palos Verdes Art Association, Palos Verdes, CA; 1962 Loyola Marymount, Los Angeles, CA; 1956 Lane Gallery, Westwood, CA; 1947 Stockton Gallery, San Pedro, CA

Awards: 2000 Desert Museum, Palm Springs, Sculpture Award; 1996 Palos Verdes Art Association, First Place; 1995 Mueso Deio Bozetti, Italy, Best of Show; 1995 Palos Verdes Art Association, First Place Award; 1994 St Anna Museum Award, Italy; 1993 Torrance Art Center, Excellence in Art Award; 1992 CA Arts, Silver Medal Award; 1991 First Place, Sculpture Award, Pen and Brush; 1985 Palos Verdes Community Art, Best of Show; 1957 Millard Sheets Scholarship Award; 1956 Madonna Festival, First Place Award

Selected Collections: The Promenade East; Loyola University; Anheuser Busch Corporation, St. Louis, MO; Francis de Erdely, CA; Le Gallerie du Banneret, Switzerland; Hotel Selva, Lido, Camoriore, Italy; Arthritis Institute; City of Torrance; The Braille Institute

Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.