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Manuel Valencia, Lupines on the Northern Coast
Lupines on the Northern Coast
Manuel Valencia California Redwood Foreest
Redwood Forest
Manuel Valencia
1856 - 1935
Manuel Valencia, After Rain
After Rain
Manuel Valencia, Haywagon

Photo of Manuel Valencia
Manuel Valencia, photo portrait

Manuel Valenca was born in Marin County on Rancho San Jose in 1856, six years after California became a state. He was tied to the aristocracy, his family having received many land grants in the San Francisco area. He is a descendant of General Gabriel Valencia, the first governor of Sonora under Spanish rule. His grandfather came to Alta California and was an administrator at the Presidio in San Francisco.

Manuel studied with Jules Tavernier and also at Santa Clara University. He spent some time in Mexico and was a member of the Esquela de Bellas Artes de Mexico.

Manuel worked as a commercial artist and was an art editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. His position at the Chronicle was paid for by art patron, M. H. de Young. After the '06 Quake, he moved his family to San Jose but continued to commute to the city. He also was an illustrator for the "War Cry," the Salvation Army newspaper.

While working in San Francisco, he maintained studios in Santa Cruz and Monterey, and did landscapes in tonalist styles including nocturnes.

He exhibited in San Francisco galleries such as Gumps and in New York at the Macbeth Gallery and at Delmonico's Restaurant. President William McKinley bought one of Valencia's Yosemite paintings. Museums exhibiting Valencia's work include the Hearst Art Gallery, St. Mary's College and the Oakland Museum.

He remained in San Francisco until the early 1930's when he moved to Sacramento with his family. He died there in 1935 at the age of 79. He wanted his ashes spread on Mt. Tamalpais. Source: AskArt