Spero Anargyros (1915 – 2004)

Title:Female Nude 68" x 18.50" x 22" (172.72cm x 46.99cm x 55.88cm) Plaster, signed in the base. Farhat Art Museum

Title:Female Nude
68″ x 18.50″ x 22″
(172.72cm x 46.99cm x 55.88cm)
Plaster, signed in the base.
Farhat Art Museum

Spero Anargyros studied at the Art Student’s League under William
Zorach. Anargyros won the St. Gaudens Medal in 1943, medals at

the National Competition Sculpture and the Tenth Annual National Exhibition of the Academy Artist Association. The artist has life-long memberships with the Art Students League, the National Sculpture Society and the Academy Artists Association. Source: Falk, “Who Was Who in American Art.

For over 65 years, the late Spero Anargyros worked as a professional sculptor. His skills in portraiture ranged from heads in full round, bas-relief, medallions, busts and full figures and monumental. His portraits covered the whole range of humanity: emperor, ruler,

statesmen, industrial executives, writers, attorneys, doctors, beautiful people and children. He worked worldwide: United States, Greece, Italy, England, Guam, Japan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and even on the Atlantic Ocean. He maintained his studio in San Francisco. He preferred working from life the best but from photographs he created the over life sized bronze portrait head of the late George R. Moscone, the San Francisco mayor who was assassinated in 1978 while in office. This portrait head was unveiled in 1994 at the City Hall Rotunda in San Francisco and a second bronze cast is at the San Francisco Convention Center.

His studies were in New York, where he received two scholarships at the Art Students League and two more at the Master Institute of United Arts. He was assistant to Mahonri Young, grandson of Brigham Young, from 1944 to 1947 to create the monument “This is the Place” in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was a fellow of the National Sculpture Society and a member of the American Portrait Society. He exhibited in many major exhibitions and museums and received many awards for his sculpture.

Additional information can be found in the supplement to Who’s Who in the West, June-August 1956 and the 7th to 16th Volumes; Who’s Who in American Art, 1977; Who’s Who in American Art, 1966-1978; Dictionary of International Biography 4th-6th Editions; Who’s Who in California 6-8th Editions; Articles & Photos, American Artist Magazine, Feb. 1967 Issue.

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