american, b. armenia
San Francisco, CA
At age 15 Patigian immigrated with his family to Fresno, CA, where he worked as a laborer in the vineyards and as a sign painter. Opting for an art career, he moved to San Francisco in 1899 and enrolled at the Mark Hopkins Institute while supporting himself as an employee in the art department of the SF Bulletin. Following the earthquake and fire, he spent 1906-07 in Paris where he received criticism from Alix Marquet and exhibited at the Paris Salon. Upon returning to SF, he established a home and a studio at 3055 Webster Street and ultimately became one of the most famous sculptors on the West Coast. His oeuvre includes portrait busts, monuments, and architectural sculpture.