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 Urbici Jose Soler y Manonelles  (1890 - 1953)



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Lived/Active: California/Texas/New Mexico / Mexico/Spain      Known for: portrait sculpture

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Farran, Lerida, Spain, sculptor Urbici Soler was raised in Barcelona and studied there with Pedro Carbonel. He also studied in Budapest and Vienna and then earned a Master's Degree at the Munich Academy, where one of his teachers was Adolphe von Hildebrand. He ran his own art academy in Munich for eight years, and then in 1920 went to Paris to study with Emile Antoine Bourdelle. That same year he returned to Spain where he remained until 1925, when he accepted an invitation to Buenos Aires to do private commissions and public building decorative art. He also did portrait busts of numerous South Americans.

In the United States he taught at the School of Modern Art in San Francisco and in 1934 at the Museum School of Art in Houston. From 1937 to 1940, he was in El Paso where he completed a large sculpted figure of Christ, "Sierra de Cristo Rey", on the crest of a mountain.

In 1940, he became a teacher in New Orleans at Sophie Newcomb College and the following year, established a school of sculpture and applied arts in New York City. During the next decade, he continued to travel in Spain, South America, and Texas and from 1945 until his death in 1954, lived in El Paso and for much of the time taught at the College of Mines and Metallurgy, now the University of Texas at El Paso.

Santa Fean, Sep. 1940, "Urbici Soler", M[argaret] L[ohlker], pps 11,30,31.
Nova, Dec. 1972, "Urbici Soler As I Knew Him", Bud Newman, pps 7-10.
Nova, Dec. 1973, "Trastorno Sobre Cristo Rey", Paul Daniggelis, pps 3-
Southwestern Art, 1974, "Urbici Soler-Sculptor", Paul Daniggelis, pps. 38-47
New Mexico, Nov. 1998, "Sculptor tells it on the mountain", Paul Daniggelis
pps. 34-39.
Handbook of Texas, "Urbici Jose Francisco Soler y Manonelles", Paul Daniggelis
Southwest Review, Winter 1947, "Two Artists in Two Mediums", Carl Hertzog

California Palace of the Legion of San Francisco, 1931
Galeria Iturbe, Mexico, D.F., Jan-Feb 1934
Circulo Espanol, Puebla, Mexico, Dec. 1935
Escuela Popular de Bellas Artes, Puebla, Mexico, Jan. 1936
College of Mines Centennial Museum, University of Texas El Paso, Mar 1938
Galeria Muller, Buenos Aires, Jun 1944.
Urbici Soler - A Retrospective, International Museum of Art, El Paso, TX, Sep-Oct 2002

Paul Daniggelis
John and Deborah Powers, "Texas Painters, Sculptors, & Graphic Artists"

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Farran, Spain in 1890. Soler studied in Barcelona and at the Hildebrand School in Munich. He completed sculptures for the French Bank in Buenos Aires before moving to San Francisco in 1931. After establishing a studio he was active there for about a year before returning to Munich to assume directorship of his school. At the onset of WWII he moved to Texas and taught sculpture at Texas Western College. While there he created the statue of Cristo Rey on a local mountain. He died in El Paso, TX on Jan. 16, 1953. Exh: CPLH, 1931. In: El Paso Museum.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
California Arts and Architecture list, 1932; SF Chronicle, 1-24-1932; Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs (Bénézit, E); NY Times, 1-17-1953 (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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