Mexico
watercolor
7-1/2'' x 6-1/2''
Bendiner, Alfred
1899-1964

Alfred Bendiner was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1899.  He Attended the University of Pennsylvania, earning his Bachelor of Arts in architecture in 1922 and his masters in 1927.  He also studied at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Arts, the American Academy in Rome, and under Paul Cret.

Bendiner owned an architectural firm in Philadelphia and was a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).  He later lead the Philadelphia chapter as president.  In 1937, Bediner served as artist for the University of Pennsylvania Museum's archaeological expedition to Tepegawra and Khafaji in Iraq.  He was the architect to the University's Tikal archaeological expedition to Guatemala in 1960.  His sketches were published in the fall of 1960 in the University Museum bulletin.


Bendiner's lithographs are in major print collections in the United States and Europe, including such respected institutions as the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy and Cabinet des Estampes of the Biblioteque Nationale in Paris.  Six murals have been executed by him in this country, half of which deal with historical locales in Philadelphia.  During the 1930s, Bendiner worked as a caricaturist for the Philadelphia Bulletin, the Philadelphia Record, and the Washington Times Herald.

He's been a regular contributor to art exhibitions throughout the country, showing in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Toledo Art Museum, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  He was awarded prizes at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) and the Philadelphia Print Club.

Alfred Bendiner was a member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Club and the Philadelphia Art Alliance.