Hugo Alberto Herbeck (Texas 1923-2009)
Born in Laredo, Texas on May 23, 1923, he served with the US Army during WWII, stationed in Italy where he met his wife Roberta. They settled in San Antonio, Texas and raised their four daughters. It has been stated that Herbeck studied commercial art, but it was his love for the Texas hill country that influenced his artwork. Herbeck’s colorful landscapes of oak trees and bluebonnets became his trademark. Through the years his paintings have been displayed in galleries throughout Texas and the remainder of his work can still be seen at the Rainone Galleries, Inc. in Arlington, Texas. When Peter Rainone, owner of the gallery, learned of Hugo's death he said, " Hugo Herbeck was the last of the great early Texas landscape painters."
Porfirio Salinas (1910-1973) had a great impact on Herbeck’s style, claiming that Hugo was his only student. Herbeck’s works have been featured in Southwest Art and American Art Review magazines and his landscape paintings can be found in many private collections. Hugo Herbeck passed away on July 11, 2009 at the age of 86.
Obituary. San Antonio Express-News July 22, 2009
Information provided by Carolyn Huebner Rankin.