Eduard Buk Ulreich Biography

Eduard Buk Ulreich




Eduard (BUK) Ulreich was born in Koszeg, Hugnary / Austria on February 2, 1889, and moved with his family to New York as a child. He was a pupil of Mlle. F. Blumberg and studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Working as a mural designer for the WPA, he created frescos and mosaics and tapestries for buildings throughout the mid-West and East Coast during the late 1930s and 1940s.

Along with his wife, artist Nura Woodson Ulreich, he was an illustrator for books and magazines. Memberships included the Guild of Free Lance Artists. He exhibited widely including at the Art Institute of Chicago, Corcoran Gallery, Anderson Gallery, Whitney Museum of American Art and Gump's Gallery in San Francisco. Ulreich would sign his work "BUK", which is sometimes confused with American author and sometime arist Charles Bukowski, who also used "Buk" as a signature.

In 1950, after Nura's death, Buk married Virginia "Geni" MacFarland in New York. They left New York for San Francisco in October of 1954. During the 50s and 60s he exhibited extensively, including AAA in NY, Crespi, Ed Lesser's Gallerie du Quartier, Off the Square Gallery and many others.

Eduard "Buk" Ulreich died in San Francisco on July 17, 1966.

Sources include: Peter Hastings Falk, Who Was Who in American Art Christine Roussel, The Guide to the Art of Rockefeller Center