Artist Biography

1886 - 1953

Lester David Boronda was born in Reno, Nevada on July 24, 1886, but was a member of an early California family (his great-grandfather was a member of the second Junípero Serra expedition into Alta California in 1770). He was raised on a Salinas cattle ranch where today the family home is a state historical landmark. His art studies began in San Francisco at the Mark Hopkins Institute under Arthur Mathews and continued at the Art Students League in New York City under Frank DuMond. The finishing touches to his art training were in Munich and in Paris under Laurens. In 1910 he exhibited at the Del Monte Art Gallery in Monterey before moving in 1913 to New York where he established an important craftsman center. His painting specialty was genre of old Monterey and, after moving to the East, street scenes of New York. Most of his career was spent in New York City and Mystic, Connecticut. Boronda died at New Canaan, Connecticut on September 19, 1953. Exhibited: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1924. Works held: Nevada Museum (Reno); Monterey Peninsula Museum; California Historical Society.

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