Stephen Kaltenbach
The Kiss, 1992 (KD09)
Mixed media
18 X 21 X 16

Stephen Kaltenbach was born in Battle Creek, Michigan. He attended the University of California, Davis between 1963 and 1967, earning a B.A. and M.A. At UC Davis, Kaltenbach studied alongside notable artists including David Gilhooly, Richard Shaw and Bruce Nauman.

After graduating, Kaltenbach spent three years in New York City, producing paintings and a variety of conceptual work including bronze time capsules, graffiti, sidewalk plaques and hoax advertisements. He exhibited alongside Richard Serra, Eva Hesse, Alan Saret and Bruce Nauman at the Leo Castelli Gallery show “Nine” in 1968, and had a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1969.

In 1970 Kaltenbach left the New York contemporary art world and returned to California, taking up a position at California State University, Sacramento where he taught until 2005. Kaltenbach chose to refashion his practice in California, abandoning public conceptual work and instead adopting the persona of a “Regional Artist” with a focus on figurative sculpture and portraiture.

Kaltenbach has also produced public art pieces for the city of Sacramento.

A retrospective of his career entitled ‘Kaltenbach: The Beginning and The End’ was exhibited at the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis in 2020.

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