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Fredric Hobbs (full name Charles Fredric Hobbs) was born in Philadelphia on December 30, 1931. He attended Menlo School in Menlo Park California and in 1953 earned B.A. in History from Cornell University. After service as an Air Force Officer, Hobbs maintained a studio in Madrid where he attended the Academia de San Fernando de Bellas Artes. In recent years, his studio has been located in San Francisco and Carmel, California.
Since the 1950s, the artist's work has concerned spiritual and environmental consciousness. In 1963, Hobbs created a radical new automobile art called "Parade Sculpture". This concept had its origin in ancient religious processions and self-propelled tableaux. During the 60s, three parade pieces ("Sun Chariot", "Three Thieves", "Trojan Horse") removed art from its museum environment, thereby confronting a mass audience under circumstances of everyday life. Driveable sculpture was exhibited in New York, California and as part of the famous national traveling show entitled "The Highway".
In the early 1970s, Fredric Hobbs pioneered another art form known as ART ECO. ART ECO combines environmental technology, fine art, solar/nomadic architecture, and interactive communications with an ecologically balanced lifestyle.
In 1978, with Warren Hinckle, Hobbs wrote and illustrated "The Richest Place on Earth," a history of Nevada's Comstock Lode in the 1860s and '70s, published by Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston. Once an owner of the Silver Dollar Hotel in Virginia City, NV, Hobbs has had a long and multifaceted relationship with Virginia City and environs.
One person exhibitions of pioneering artworks have been held at museums and galleries including the Museum of Science and Industry in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Sierra Nevada Museum of Art and other venues in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. His works are represented in permanent collections such as the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Oakland Museum of Art and the Sierra Nevada Museum of Art.