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Richard Faralla
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Brooklyn NY
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Attended CSFA (F.F.A. in 1955) and San Francisco State College 1956. Previously a painter, he turned in 1959 to sculptures and reliefs assembled from small scraps of wood, which he generally painted black or white; like the wood sculptures of Louise Nevelson, they were built around an essentially Cubist formal vocabulary, animated by a Byzantine intricacy of surface pattern and richness of texture. His earliest works were mosaics made of geometric bits of wood gathered from construction sites. In the early 1960's he began to use driftwood and his constructions became more organic. BIOGRAPHY: Born in Brooklyn in 1916, Richard Faralla moved to Los Angeles in the 1930s to study commercial art, and for a short time was employed by the Federal Theater Project. His budding career was interrupted by WWII and induction into the US Army in 1941. Returning to California after the war, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he earned a BFA in 1955 at the California School of Fine Arts. Principally through sculpture, his quietly effective presence was continuously felt in the Bay Area art scene throughout the 1960s until his death in 1996. Faralla’s language of wood assemblage often included massive wall pieces and totems of finely cut and joined segments, evoking the complex and sensuous look of the Baroque. He exhibited in most of the major museums on both coasts including the SFMOMA, the Legion of Honor, and the DeYoung. His work is in many private collections throughout the U.S.