Pedro Joseph de Lemos Biography

Pedro Joseph de Lemos





Pedro Joseph de Lemos, painter, printmaker, architect, illustrator, writer, lecturer, museum director, art theorist and educator, was born 25 May 1882 in Austin, Nevada and he grew up in Oakland, California. In 1900 he was a pupil of Arthur Matthews at the Mark Hopkins Art Institute in San Francisco and continued his studies as a student of George Bridgman at the Art Students League in New York and Arthur Wesley Dow at Columbia University Teachers College.

Returning to Oakland, Lemos set up his studio overlooking Lake Merritt and began teaching at the University of California Berkeley. He also worked as an illustrator and designer and began teaching classes in decorative design and etching at the San Francisco Institute of Art, formerly the Mark Hopkins Institute, in 1911. Lemos was a founding member of the California Society of Etchers and one of his prints won honorable mention at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915, for which he was chief organizer of the California print exhibition. He was Professor of Design at Stanford University and was appointed director of the Stanford Museum of Art in 1919. Lemos was editor of School Arts Magazine and produced a series of folios based on his theories of design entitled Applied Art, as well as authoring about fifty books on arts and crafts.

First president of the Carmel Art Association, Lemos was also affiliated with the California Society of Etchers, the California Print Makers, the Palo Alto Art Associations, the Chicago Society of Etchers, and the Bohemian Club. His influence was widespread and his achievements were honored in 1943 by his induction as fellow of the Royal Society of Art in London.

Pedro J. de Lemos died in Palo Alto, California on 5 December 1954.