MIXED METAL, SIGNED, TITLED
CALIFORNIA, DATED 1956
ACQUIRED FROM THE DAUGHTER OF THE ARTIST
31 X 28 INCHES
American sculptor Max Finkelstein was born in New York City in 1915. From an early age he excelled in areas of math and science, graduating with honors in 1934 from Baron de Hirsch Trade School in New York City, with a degree as a machinist.
From 1935-1965, Finkelstein worked in machine shops in all categories of the industry, gaining familiarity with many types of metals and plastics. He also worked on product design and the development of mass-produced parts, automated machinery, models, prototypes and fabrication.
It was not until 1954 that Finkelstein began experimenting with art, sculpting in his garage studio. He pursued this passion, studying at the California School of Art in Los Angeles, The Kahn Art Institute (LA), UCLA, Los Angeles City College, and the Sculpture Center in NYC.
He began his career as an independent artist in 1960. And since has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in the southwest and New York City. He also taught sculpture for a time at the University of Judaism.
His work has received awards from the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Krannert Art Museum Biennal, University of Illinois, and others.
His works are held in several corporate and public collections including: the Jewish Museum (NYC), Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and others.