Born in Detroit, Michigan, Hugo Gari Wagner,
whose father was also a sculptor, studied with the noted Karl
Bitter and in Brazil. Wagner later became a chief sculptor for the
Brazilian government in Rio de Janeiro. So fond of that city, Wagner
named his son Rio.
Wagner, a member of the Art
Students League and the Belgium Society of Art, also maintained a studio
in Syracuse, New York, where he taught such artists as Bradley Walker
Arriving in Palm Beach in the early
1920s, Wagner worked with Addison Mizner in creating stone
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