Melik Finkle was a sculptor and graphic designer who lived from 1885 to 1976. He was born in Botosani, Roumania where at the age of ten he was apprenticed to his grandfather as a woodcarver. In 1900 his family emigrated to London where at the age of fifteen he had his own shop where he made and carved furniture and frames in the Rococo and Art Nouveau styles.
In 1904 at age nineteen, Melik Finkle emigrated by himself to America where he supported himself as an accomplished woodcarver. In 1907 he began his formal studies in sculpture at the Cincinnati Art Academy under the direction of the sculptor, Clement J. Barnhorn and later became his assistant. He also became friends with the painters, Frank Duvenec
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