1894 - 1960
Charles J. Bensco was born in Turchok, Hungary on February 19, 1894. At age seven he immigrated to New York City. When in his teens he returned to Budapest to study at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and, upon returning to New York City, continued his training at the Art Students League under Blumenschein, Bridgman, Bancroft, and Chase. After serving in World War One, he continued his art career in New York City as a muralist and portraitist. In the early 1930s Bensco moved to Los Angeles where he was active in local exhibitions while painting murals and portrait commissions. In 1945 he moved to Phoenix, Arizona and lived there until his death on November 4, 1960. In Arizona he turned his attention to the local landscape and Indians. Member: Society for Sanity in Art; California Art Club. Exhibited: Ebell Club (Los Angeles), 1937 (prize); Friday Morning Club (Los Angeles), 1939; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939; California Palace of Legion of Honor, 1944. Works held: Gardena (CA) High School; Mural, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church (Downey, CA); First Federal Savings Collection (Phoenix).
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