Manuel Bromberg

Manuel Abraham Bromberg (born March 6, 1917) is an American performer and Professor Emeritus of Art, at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He was a 1946 Guggenheim Fellow.

Bromberg was born in Centerville, Iowa to David Bromberg, an immigrant from Germany, and Tonata Sobul, an immigrant from Poland. At the age of 16, Bromberg was chosen the winner of the prestigious George Bellows Award, a national art competition among tall school students. First prize was a year's scholarship to the Pratt Institute in New York City, but he opted then again to accept a full scholarship to the Cleveland School of Art. He studied at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, with Boardman Robinson and Henry Varnum Poor, from 1932 to 1940.

Bromberg completed three murals for the New Deal's Section of Fine Arts: Greybull, Wyoming, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and Geneva, Illinois.

Bromberg married Jane Dow in Woodstock, New York, in December 1941.

In 1943, at the age of 26, Bromberg was appointed by George Biddle, Chairman of the War Department Art Advisory Board, as an attributed war artist. Bromberg was assigned to serve like the European Theater of Operations (England, France and Germany) and landed upon Omaha Beach in June 1944. While in France, Bromberg met Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, and Georges Braque.

In 1944, he was awarded the Legion of Merit.

Bromberg taught at Salem College, North Carolina State University College of Design, from 1949 to 1954, where he collaborated as soon as Buckminster Fuller and others to form Skybreak Carolina Corp. In 1953, Bromberg was commissioned to Make a mural for the student union building of NCSU.

In the 1960s, while Professor of Painting at the State University of New York at New Paltz, Bromberg created a series of monumentally-scaled castings of cliff faces. One of Bromberg's cliff sculptures appears in the surviving collection of Storm King Art Center.

Bromberg lives in Woodstock, New York. He turned 100 in March 2017.

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