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Lived/Active: California/New Mexico      Known for: western subject, still life painting trompe l'oeil style

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Robert Montanucci (b.1953)

He was born in San Jose, California in 1953 and raised in the farming community of Dos Palos in Central California.  He grew up in an artistic family where his father Aldo, who was an artist himself, introduced Robert to the works of American Realists on trips to visit Carmel art galleries.  Montanucci was encouraged to continue his art endeavors and as an art major had his first solo exhibit at Merced College in 1974.  It was this sell-out show that launched his career as a professional artist and within several months, he was selling his work at a prestigious gallery in Carmel as the youngest artist ever to be accepted by the gallery.
The subjects and styles for which the artist's work is best known are:  Still-life oil paintings in the trompe-l'oeil style, including fruits, vegetables, floral, western and Native American subject matter.  The artist is also known for his surrealist works and two and a half dimensional 'cutout' paintings.
The art movement that the artist is most closely identified with is: 20th Century California Realism including the works of Gerald Stinski.
Awards include:  
Benedictine Art Award (1976), New York, NY.  California Duck Stamp Contest (1984), Sacramento, CA.  Artist of the Year (1986) Ducks Unlimited, Palo Alto, CA.
Exhibitions (excluding commercial art galleries):  
Merced College (1974).  Fresno Art Center (1974).  Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co., NY (1976).  SFB Morse Gallery, Pebble Beach, CA (1981). Favell Museum of Western Art, Klamath Falls, OR (1983).  San Bernardino County Museum, CA (1985)  Marion Steinbach Museum, Tahoe City, CA (1998). Nevada Triennial, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV (2005).
Known works in Museums and/or Public Collections:  
Favell Museum of Western Art, Klamath Falls, OR.  California Department of Fish and Game, Sacramento, CA.  Barton Memorial Hospital, South Lake Tahoe, CA.  Marion Steinbach Museum, Tahoe City, CA.
Book References:
1977 The First Collection of Tahoe Artists  Published by Wild West Graphics & Communications   Ed Miller (Editor/Author)  29 pages
1986-1999 Who's Who in California  (15th thru 28th editions)  Sarah Vitale (Editor/Author)  619 pages
1988  Duck Stamp and Prints:  The Complete Federal and State Editions Joe McCaddin (Editor/Author)
2005 Nevada Triennial  Published by The Nevada Museum of Art    79 pages
Magazine References:
August 1974 Game & Gossip Magazine Today and Yesterday on the Monterey Peninsula (subtitle)  Lee Harbick (Editor)
April 1979  Southwest Art Magazine  "An Artist's Legacy" by Robert Beck
July/August 1984 Outdoor California  Magazine  Published by California Dept. of Fish and Game  Dave Dick (Editor)
July/ August 1987 Horizon The Magazine of The Arts (subtitle)  Valley Arts Section   Gray D. Boone (Editor)
Spring 1996  Artifacts  Magazine Tanya Branson (Editor)
Summer 2000  Tahoe Quarterly Magazine Chaco Mohler (Editor)  Jack Doran (Publisher)

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