John Charles Haley Biography

John Charles Haley

American

1905-1991

Biography

John Charles Haley painter, muralist, sculptor, printmaker, teacher and collector, was born in Minneapolis on September 21, 1905. His earliest studies began at the Saint Paul School of Fine Art where he came under the influential instruction of Cameron Booth. His art education continued in Europe where he studied with Hans Hofmann in Munich and André Lhote in Paris. Haley arrived in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1930 and began his forty-two year career as Professor of Art at the University of California in Berkeley. Fascinated by the art of other cultures, he amassed an amazing collection of art, masks, and artifacts which inspired his sculptural work. Haley was a member of the San Francisco Art Association and the California Watercolor Society. Participating in the annual shows of these organizations, he garnered numerous awards over the years. His work was included in numerous group exhibitions, including the California State Fair, the San Francisco Museum of Art Inaugural; the Golden Gate International Exposition; the International Biennial in Sao Paulo, Brazil; as well as numerous exhibitions around the United States. Solo exhibitions of his work were mounted at the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Richmond Art Center, the University of California in Berkeley, and the de Young Memorial Museum. His work is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, de Young Memorial Museum, IBM Corporation, California State University in Chico, University of California in Berkeley, Oakland Museum, Mills College, and the Phillips Collection. Haley died on November 10, 1991.