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 Ramona (Froyland) Valencia  (1900 - 1988)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: still life, landscape, marine, madonnas

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Oakland, California, Ramona Froyland, known as Mona, was a painter of still lifes, portraits, landscapes, marines and later in her life, Madonnas. Her parents were Mabel and Manuel Valencia, both artists who gave Ramona her early instruction. She later attended the California School of Fine Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Ramona Valencia was a paternal descendant of General Gabriel Valencia, the first governor of Sonora, Mexico under Spanish rule, and the great granddaughter of a man who arrived in California in 1774 and became administrator of the Presidio in San Francisco where the family received many land grants. When she was six years old, in 1906, she and her family moved to San Jose because of the destruction of the San Francisco earthquake and fire. However, the family kept close ties to San Francisco where her father kept his studio.

Beginning in the 1960s, Ramona Valencia taught art classes to children and adults from her studio in Castro Valley, California, and she died there on September 22, 1988. She was a member of the Hayward art Association and exhibited at Alameda County Fairs.

Following, courtesy of Kathy Ruth Neal, a former student of Froyland, is a copy of an undated, untitled newsletter that accompanied a painter purchased by Neal:


"Mona Froylands's gracious and condiderate personality is evident in her philosophy of art for she says, 'Every artist has the right to branch out in the direction that intersts him most.' Although interested mainly in the representational type of art, she does enjoy some types of abstract art. She believes that the artist should know the fundamentals before attempting this kind of art.

Mona's father, Manuel Valencia, a well-known landscape artist, gave her her first instruction in art. Later she attended S.F. Art Schools and finally spent 3 years at the Chicago Art Institute.

Exhibiting in most major California shows she has won many awards numbering among these 3 at the Madonna Festival and 10 at the Alameda County Fair including the 1955 Grand Award trophy for the best oil painting in the show.

She is particularly interested in painting madonnas and has won several popular awards besides her prizes. One of her madonnas was reproduced in color in a national magazine in 1958."

Sources:
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Kathy Ruth Neal, student of the artist

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Oakland, CA  on Feb. 14, 1900, the daughter of artists Mabel and Manuel Valencia.  Ramona's art studies were begun as a child under her parent's guidance.  She continued at the CSFA and for three years at the AIC.  From the 1960s she taught both adult and children's classes at her studio in Castro Valley, CA.  She died there on Sept. 22, 1988.  Over the years she painted many still lifes, portraits, landscapes, marines, and, late in life, paintings of madonnas. 

Member:  Hayward AA; SWA.  Exh: Alameda County Fairs (Grand Award, 1955).
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Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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