|Maxine Albro |
Lithographer, painter, sculptor and muralist, Albro was born in Iowa on January 20, 1893. When quite young, Albro moved with her family to Los Angeles where she grew up and graduated from high school in 1920. Moving to San Francisco at that time, she worked as a commercial artist in order to fund one year of art study at the Art Students League in NYC and in Paris at Ecole de la Grande Chaumiere. Upon returning to San Francisco, she then attended the California School of Fine Art during 1923-25. In the 1930s she worked for the Federal Public Works of Art Project. On one of her many trips to Mexico, she studied mural painting with Diego Rivera. After marrying sculptor Parker Hall in 1938, she settled in Carmel, California. Although she specialized in Spanish and Mexican motifs, her work also included landscapes and street scenes gleaned from her world travels. She died in Los Angeles on July 19, 1966.
Member: Carmel Art Association; California Society of Mural Artists; American Artists Congress, New York; California Art Club.
Exhibited: San Francisco Art Association; Delphi Studio, New York, 1931; Berkeley Women's Society Club, 1934; Beaux Arts Club, San Francisco, 1930; Gump's, San Francisco, 1932-34; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939.
Works held: San Francisco State Teachers College; Allied Arts Guild, Menlo Park; Vallejo High School; Biltmore Hotel, Santa Barbara; Hotsas House, Carmel; Santa Catalina School, Monterey; Mills College, Oakland; deYoung Museum, San Francisco; Coit Tower, San Francisco.
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.