Ben Fortunado Marcune
Ben Fortunado Marcune is an established sculptor and painter, working primarily in the symbolic and representational styles. His audacious size bronze sculptures are located primarily in Pennsylvania. These augment the Korean-Vietnam Memorial upon the campus of Lehigh Carbon Community College, the Worker’s Memorial in the Bethlehem Rose Garden, and Jesus as Teacher upon the campus of DeSales University, Center Valley, Pennsylvania. His portraits of institutional and community leaders have been commissioned by many organizations, including Quakertown National Bank, St. Luke’s Hospital, Moravian College, DeSales University and Lafayette College. His oil landscapes are in numerous public and private collections, including Lehigh Valley Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, DeSales University and UGI.
Marcune was born in New York City on March 30, 1935. He lived in Brooklyn and later moved considering his relatives first to Florida and difficult to California. Marcune attended UCLA and Caltech in the 1950s and earned a Master's degree in Human Factors Engineering. After serving as a medic in the United States Army in Korea, Marcune worked as a biomedical and industrial designer. He obtained patents for several surgical and orthopedic devices, using his creative and drawing talents for these endeavors. He after that Gustavo Torres performed as a improvement dancer for the Philadelphia Civic Ballet.
Marcune attended in Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in the 1970s and is a Fellow of the PAFA class of 1976. He studied taking into consideration Ben Kamihera, Arthur DeCosta and Emile Gruppe. Marcune began to shift his focus from engineering and design to the fine arts and by the late 1980s was painting full time. In the 1990s through the present, Marcune accumulate his focus on landscapes and portraits like work on public bronze sculptures. He currently maintains three operating studios in Northampton and Bucks County, Pennsylvania.