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Herbert Siebner

Born 1925, Stettin, Germany

Died 2003, Victoria, British Columbia

Herbert Siebner studied fine arts at the Schiller Real Gymnasium, Stettin and at the College of Art in Berlin. He emigrated to Canada in 1954 and settled in Victoria. There, he was able to live the artistic, bohemian life he valued and to develop his art, from the gentle European watercolours and mythological figurative sgraffitos to the riveting, narrative abstract oils and acrylics. Colin Graham, then-Director of the Victoria Art Gallery, organized a solo show for Siebner in 1955. From that pivotal exhibition, and from many other solo and group shows in Germany, France, the USA and Canada - particularly with The Limners, of which Siebner was a founding member - the artist's work has become firmly entrenched in the West Coast canon.

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