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Bernard Pfriem

Bernard Pfriem (09/07/1916-03/07/1996) was born in Cleveland, Ohio.  He was most well-known for his large-scale hyper-realistic drawings of the human figure. Pfriem lived in Mexico from 1940-42, where he was the editor of a Spanish-English magazine published in Mexico City entitled "Mexico Habla."  He was an assistant to Jose Clemente Orozco on frescoes in Jiquilpan, Mexico, and to Julio Castellanos on murals in Mexico City.  He served in the United States Air Force from 1942 to 1946.  Later, Pfriem served as the arts director of the Grey Falcon Press.  He founded the Lacoste School of the Arts in France, and served as the school's director until 1989. A retrospective of his work was held in 1963 at the Cleveland Institute of Art.  His first one-man exhibition was in 1951 at the Hugo Gallery in New York.  He also had solo exhibitions throughout the U.S. and in Paris.  He was included in group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian Institute, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and the American Drawing Society, among others. Pfriem's works are in the collections of the University of Arkansas, the Brooklyn Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art.

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