About The Artist
I am one of the artist’s sons, Joe Biancalana. My father, the artist who’s work is presented here, is Robert L. Biancalana. Our father passed away suddenly in 2007, leaving a body of work that had never been seen. We were able to have one solo exhibit in 2008 at Fort Mason but after that have not had sufficient time to devote to getting his work before the public.
My father had two great passions in life: Art and running. Born and raised in Sacramento, CA, after serving in the Marine Corps during WWII he attended Art Center in LA, then worked as Art Director at Foote, Cone & Belding, NY, BBDO in SF, and Fletcher Mayo Associates in Atlanta. He was one of the original “mad men”!
Starting in the early 1960’s he began his solo art career on the side, making wooden constructions called “intarsias” from wood he found in the Mill Valley marshlands. He sold many of these works throughout the 60’s and 70’s. After that was an experimental period of more 3 dimensional multi-media constructions: a snake (see artwork on this site), a giant egg, a spider – although these still all hung from the wall.
In 1990, after he retired from advertising he devoted himself entirely to painting. Over the next 17 years he produced about 175 paintings of which only a group of about 40 paintings have not been sold. It was always his wish to get his work out into the world.
There’s more information about my father and you can see more artworks on his web page at: http://www.rbiancalana.com
2010 Museo Italo Americano, San Francisco, CA
1994 Chamber Gallery, Mill Valley Art Commission, Mill Valley, CA
1963 Quay Gallery, Tiburon, CA
1962 Art Unlimited, San Francisco, CA
1994 Lana International Art Competition, Campbell-Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1993 Marin County Fair, San Rafael, CA
1989 Madison Avenue Artists, Sonoma, CA
1971 Genesis Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
1969 Hansen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1968 U.C. Medical Center, Guy S. Milberry Union, San Francisco, CA
1966 Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
1962 Winter Invitational, Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA
1962 81st Annual Invitational, S.F. Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Acrylic Paint, Mixed Media, Oil Paint, Sculpture, Watercolor, Wood