Born in San Francisco, CA on May 4, 1916, Phyllis "Pele" De Lappe began
art studies at age 14 at the California School of Fine Art under Arnold
Blanch and continued during 1931-33 at the Art Students League in New
York City. While there, she assisted and posed for Diego Rivera
on the Rockefeller Center mural.
Over the years her caricatures and illustrations appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle
and other publications in New York and California. She was a resident of Berkeley, CA and the arts editor for People's Daily World
for many years. She later lived in Petaluma, CA until her demise on Oct. 1, 2007.
San Francisco Art Asss'n, 1936-37;
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"Who's Who in American Art
1940; Interview with the artist or his/her family; San Fransisco Chronicle, 10-5-07 (obituary)Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here
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