Franco Vianello

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Ranchero bronze sculpture Franco Vianello was born in Venice, Italy in 1937 and came to the United States in 1960. He was a versatile sculptor who executed monumental sculptures as well as special commissions for businesses and individuals. He worked in the realistic, impressionistic or abstract styles. Lost-Wax was his primary medium.

He created a unique group of early California sculptures of rancheros on horseback with the correct tack and clothing of the romantic time in California after the mission days but before Fremont came to claim the territory for the United States. Spanish Californios introduced rodeos, patios, Mediterranean architecture and casual outdoor entertaining.

He also created bronze sculptures of horsemen, wildlife, dancers, and female figures.

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