Born in Odessa, Russia in 1876. Perelma (né Perelmann) studied at the Imperial Academy in Petrograd and Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. After immigrating to San Francisco in 1915, he became a protégé of Senator James D. Phelan and active in the local art scene. With Phelan's contacts, he soon was well-known for his portraits of Woodrow Wilson and other famous people. By 1932 he had moved to San Clemente, CA. Exh: Paris Salon, 1909; Palace of FA (SF), 1919; Exposition Park (LA), 1919; Ainslie Gallery (LA), 1927; Gumps (SF), 1927; DeYoung Museum, 1927. In: NMAA; U.S. Capitol.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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