Max Margius Fernekes Jr. (1905 - 1984)

Birth date: 1905 Death date: 1984  
Birth location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Death location: Lampasas, Texas  
Media: Drawing , Folk & Outsider Art , Illustration , Painting Web site:
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Biographical Brief

Studied:
1928-1929: Milwaukee State teachers College under Gustave Moeller
He is remembered for his early etchings and later watercolor and crayon depictions of Wisconsin buildings and scenes and also noted for his Mexican landscapes.
Awards:
1981: honored by the Milwaukee Art Commission for helping to enrich the city's cultural life through art.
Collections:
Miller Art Museum, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, Wisconsin

Biography

Max Margius Fernekes

Born 1905 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Died 1984 in Lampasas, Texas

Max Fernekes was the son of a renowned architect and builder and studied at the Milwaukee State Teachers College from 1928 to 1929. During the Depression he worked on the Index of American Design for the Federal Arts Project and in 1932 was an organizer, and exhibitor, in Milwaukee's first art fair.

He moved to Mineral Point, Wisconsin in 1940, living in a 100-year old farmhouse that also served as an art studio for Fernekes and his wife.  They were the first artists to settle in Mineral Point. 

Fernekes is remembered for his early etchings and later for watercolors and crayon depictions of buildings and other scenes of Milwaukee, Mineral Point, and Door County.  He is also noted for his Mexican landscapes.  In 1946, he did the illustrations for books written by Fred L. Holmes.  He was honored by the Milwaukee Art Commission in 1981 for helping to enrich the city's cultural life through his art.  He maintained a winter home in Lampasas, Texas, and died there from a heart attack in 1984.

Group Exhibitions

1945    F. W. Bresler Galleries, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, two-person exhibition with Anthony Wuchterl

1985    University Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Celebration 100:  A Century of Alumni Art

1992    West Bend Gallery of Fine Arts, Wisconsin (now known as West Bend Art Museum), Early Wisconsin Ambiance: Environments & Landscapes by Wisconsin's Early Artists 1880-1940.

© 10/17/2007  Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, Wisconsin                                                             4/6/2010


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