Oscar Galgiani

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Born in Stockton, CA on March 18, 1903. Of pioneer stock, Oscar Galgiani's grandfather settled in Stockton in the 1850s. As a teenager Oscar took painting lessons from his aunt, Anita Galgiani Miller, and at age 24 enrolled at the CSFA where he was a pupil of Stackpole, Piazzoni, Randolph, Macky, Hartwell, and Poole. He became a close friend of Nelson Poole and often accompanied him on sketching trips into the Mother Lode country, Mono Lake, and the north coast. His finest project was the two large murals in the Stockton Court House. A lifelong resident of Stockton, he taught locally for many years and was the recipient of several honors in his home town including the mayor's proclamation on Feb. 1, 1976 as Oscar Galgiani Day. He died in Stockton on Nov. 25, 1994. His work includes hundreds of landscapes and about 66 portraits. Exh: Stanford University, 1930s; SFAA, 1930s; Paul Elder's Gallery (SF), 1930s; Crocker Gallery (Sacramento), 1930s; Oakland Art Gallery, 1933; SFMA, 1935; Stockton AA, 1937 (1st prize); SWA, 1940s. In: Stockton City Hall; San Joaquin County Court House; San Rafael (CA) Post Office; State Museum Resource Center (Sacramento); College of the Pacific; Oakland Museum.

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