Manuel Valencia (1856-1935)
Manuel Valencia was born in Marin County, California, in 1856 to a family that had received many land grants in the San Francisco Bay Area. Valenciaís grandfather arrived in San Francisco in 1774, and was Administrator of the Presidio. A lifelong resident of central California, Valencia studied with bohemian artist Jules Tavernier and specialized in poetic tonal works and nocturnes. Exhibiting successfully at Gumpís in San Francisco, and Macbeth Gallery in New York, Valencia lived in San Francisco until 1930, when he moved to Sacramento. It was there that Manuel Valencia died in 1935.