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 Reginald Machado  (1911 - 2004)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: landscape-watery, commercial art

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BIOGRAPHY for Reginald Machado
1911 (Hanford, California)
2004 (Bishop, California)


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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted July 2005 by Kathy Ruth Neal, is from the obituary of the artist in "The Inyo Register", Inyo, California

Reginald L. Machado

A memorial service will be held in March, 2005 in Pine Grove for 23-year Walker resident Reginald Lowell Machado.

Born on June 19, 1911 to Hannah and Manuel Machado, Reg died at Bishop Care Center on Nov. 30, 2004, just a short 3.5 months after his beloved wife, Veryl. He was 93.

Reg was an artist all his life. He displayed his artistic talent at a very early age, and decided that's what he wanted to do. He spent his early years growing up in Hanford and the Monterey Bay area playing with his brother within a large, extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins. He was married shortly; unfortunately, his first marriage ended in divorce. From that union he had one son, Kit Carson Machado, named after his mother's famous ancestor.

Reg eventually moved to the Bay Area where he worked in the Richmond Shipyards during the war and made war posters. He ran the art department at Kaiser Automobiles during the late 1940s. Always the entrepreneur, he started his own advertising art studio in the East Bay. It was called, appropriately, Reg Machado Advertising Art. After 20 years, he tired of the workload and sold the studio.

With his then-wife Betty, he returned to the Monterey Bay Peninsula, where he built a home in the Carmel highlands. In addition to being a painter, he was also a skillful carpenter. He later started constructing homes on the Monterey Peninsula, where he began to paint in earnest. He loved painting the vistas or as he said, "recording the landscape." His works were displayed in galleries in Carmel and San Francisco. Reg always felt that his painting in his later years had improved, and encouraged young artists he met along the way.

Always young at heart, he married his soul mate, Veryl Knox, on Oct. 16, 1983 at the age of 72. They moved to Walker into an A-frame house next to Walker Creek, which provided Reg an outlet to his hobby of carpentry. He spent hours building additions to the house in order to create a comfortable place to entertain family and friends while having a nice studio where he and Veryl spent many hours painting. He was co-president with Veryl of the Eastern Sierra Creative Arts Guild, and a longstanding member of the Carmel Art Association. His painting brush improved year after year until he was forced to stop.

In the final years, Reg moved with Veryl to assisted living in Gardnerville, Nev. and then to Carson City, Nev. and finally to the Bishop Care Center. The staff there dubbed the two "the Lovebirds" since Reg always wanted to be in sight of Veryl. When she passed away on Aug. 11, Reg became depressed and stopped eating. "She promised she would never leave me," he said.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Lemoore, CA on June 19, 1911. When he was 16 Machado lived on the Monterey Peninsula and had a silk screen and sign shop. He later studied at the CCAC and University of Michigan. During his early career he worked in San Francisco doing theater oils for Warfield. He later became art director for Kaiser Enterprises, Cutter Lab, and Chevron Ortho. Upon retirement in 1961, he returned to Carmel where he lived before entering a rest home. He died in Orange, CA on Nov. 30, 2004. His varied subject matter includes domestic animals, seascapes, landscapes and the coast of the Monterey Peninsula. Member: Carmel AA.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
City Directory; Census; Social Security Death Index (1940-2002).
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