A rare sculptor amongst his notable painting peers from the 1950s and 1960s Abstract
Expressionist and Bay Area Figurative movements, Manuel Neri has long been considered a
pre-eminent American sculptor. A student of celebrated abstract painters Mark Rothko and Frank
Lobdell, Neris six-decade dialogue with the human form as subject on paper, in plaster
clay with select bronze castings embodies the equilibrium between the process of construction
and destruction; disintegration and creation. The compelling individual figures each evoke a sense
of a universalized existential vulnerability that for Neri represents the human condition. With
distinguishing surface textures the lingering marks of the artists hand each work
Neris recognizable, enthusiastic gestural expressionism. While Neris signature surface
characteristics were influenced by AB EX, the Bay Area Figurative movement was born out of
both the attraction to and rejection of Abstract Expressionisms stance toward referential forms.
In Neris case, figural imagery is his primary vehicle for abstraction intentionally absent
one persons identifying characteristics. Neris unwavering devotion to the possibilities
abstraction reflects the essential zeitgeist of the mid-1940s and 50s era which remains a
paramount influence in the art world today.