Manuel Neri is internationally celebrated as one of the foremost figurative sculptors working today. With a career spanning over fifty years, Neri is perhaps best known as the only figural sculptor connected to the acclaimed Bay Area Figurative movement of the 1950s and 1960s. His work reflects the improvisation in painting, poetry jazz and life that characterized San Francisco during that time. Neri was particularly influenced by his studies with Richard Diebenkorn and Elmer Bischoff (with whom Neri began styling painting in 1956) at the California School of Fine Arts in the late 1950s. Neri’s sculpture and painting is included in more than thirty American public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Art and Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Corcoran Gallery of Art and Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C., among others. In 2006, Neri received the Lifetime Achievement in Sculpture award from the International Sculpture Center, and in 2008, he received the Bay Area Treasure Award form the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.