Manuel Bromberg

Manuel Abraham Bromberg (born March 6, 1917 Centerville, Iowa[1]) is an American artist, and Professor Emeritus of Art, at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He was a 1946 Guggenheim Fellow.[2]


Bromberg was born in Centerville, Iowa to David Bromberg, an immigrant from Germany, and Tonata Sobul, an immigrant from Poland.[3] At the age of 16, Bromberg was chosen the winner of the prestigious George Bellows Award, a national art competition among high school students. First prize was a year's scholarship to the Pratt Institute in New York City, but he opted instead to accept a full scholarship to the Cleveland School of Art.[4] 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:[4] Greybull, Wyoming,[5] Tahlequah, Oklahoma,[6] and Geneva, Illinois.[7][8]

Bromberg married Jane Dow in Woodstock, New York, in December 1941.[9]

Technical Sgt. Manuel Bromberg, World War II

In 1943, at the age of 26, Bromberg was appointed by George Biddle, Chairman of the War Department Art Advisory Board, as an official war artist. Bromberg was assigned to serve with the European Theater of Operations (England, France and Germany) and landed on Omaha Beach in June 1944.[10][11] While in France, Bromberg met Pablo Picasso,[12] Jean Cocteau, and Georges Braque.[10]

In 1944, he was awarded the Legion of Merit.[13]

Bromberg taught at Salem College, North Carolina State University College of Design, from 1949 to 1954, where he collaborated with Buckminster Fuller and others to form Skybreak Carolina Corp.[14] In 1953, Bromberg was commissioned to create a mural for the student union building of NCSU.[15]

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.[16] One of Bromberg's cliff sculptures appears in the permanent collection of Storm King Art Center.[17]

Bromberg lives in Woodstock, New York.[13] He turned 100 in March 2017.[18]


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2011-11-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Iowa, Delayed Birth Records, 1856-1940
  4. ^ a b "New Deal Murals". Retrieved 17 April 2015.
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  6. ^ "New Deal WPA Art in Oklahoma". Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Historic Post Offices". Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2011-11-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "North Carolina Modernist Houses - Documenting, Preserving, Promoting Residential Modern Architecture". Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  10. ^ a b "World War II". Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  11. ^ Adam Levy (May 14, 2004). "Snapshots of war". The Guardian.
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  13. ^ a b "They Drew Fire - Manuel Bromberg". Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  14. ^ Popko, Edward S., Divided Spheres: Geodesics and the Orderly Subdivision of the Sphere (A K Peters/CRC Press, 2012), p. 27.
  15. ^ "Manual Bromberg, professor at North Carolina State College's School of Design, supervising work on a mural to be installed in the College Union (later the Erdahl-Cloyd Student Union)". Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  16. ^ "Cliff Sculptures". Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  17. ^ "Storm King Collection - Storm King Art Center". Archived from the original on 11 February 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  18. ^ Staff (2017-03-06). "Manuel Bromberg is a painter, sculptor, and influential teacher whose distinguished career spans nearly a century". Retrieved 2017-03-09.

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