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Nancy Calef is a multi-media artist whose paintings involve a socio-political narrative. While juxtaposing people in all manner of contemporary situations, Calef addresses social, political and spirituals issues facing society ("Peoplescapes). 

By breaking the plane of the canvas with sculpture and found objects, Nancy adds the 3rd dimension, bringing humor and depth of character to difficult subjects. Calef has also created a body of plein-air work as a result of studying the culture and landscape of the many countries she has visited.

She is also the author of "Peoplescapes -- My Story From Painting To Purging" an illustrated memoir.

About The Artist

What They Say about Peoplescapes

“Brueghel meets the underground stylings of artists like Spain and S. Clay Wilson in the oil and mixed-media paintings of Nancy Calef, whose "peoplescapes" are on display at a cutting-edge North Beach gallery.” 
San Francisco Chronicle

"Nancy Calef's landscapes of people are a real challenge to any figurative painter, by portraying humanity en masse with all its sad happy faces."
Lawrence Ferlinghetti - Award winning poet and painter; co-founder - City Lights Bookstore

“When I first saw Nancy’s paintings, I thought, Now, here’s an original idea.’ A picture should say something, and her subject matter and palette express a view of the world beyond her years.”
Jack Levine
, former president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, (dec'd 2010).

“One of the most people-possessed painters in contemporary art, Nancy Calef fills her canvases with humanity, rich or poor, stylish or shaggy, manifesting them in equal size because it’s equality, that is love, which rules her brush.”
Jack Hirschman - Award-winning author and poet, painter and former Poet Laureate of SF

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"Earth" Hosted by Senator Scott Wiener
An Exhibit by Bay Area Artists
for the Global Climate Action Summit with Gov. Jerry Brown
Gov't Building, 455 Golden Gate, SF, CA
Opening Reception: Friday, September 14, 2018, 5-7 pm
Exhibition runs through October 2018


"Peoplescapes" Union Bank, 350 California Street, SF
on display through August 2018

"Nite Life" Hosted by Senator Scott Wiener
An Exhibit by Bay Area Artists
Gov't Building, 455 Golden Gate, SF, CA
March 1 - April 30, 2018

"Global Warming & Water Wars: Vision of the future
Lysdor Art - International Group Exhibition

"New Beginnings" Manhattan Arts International


Wake Up Screaming Magazine - Alchemy - June 2018

Healing Power of Art - Feature - January 2018

The North American Review - November 2017

Repurposed Magazine - Feature - October 2017

San Francisco Magazine, Modern Luxury - December 2016

Quiet Lightening - Sparkle &Blink 81 - Cover Art -Jan. 2017

Q&A with California-based multi-media artist Nancy Calef
by Michael Limnios-Ambassador of Greece Blues Hall of Fame - October 2016

Art Reveal Magazine Feature - June 2016

Lunch Ticket Magazine -- Spotlight
"Peoplescapes" by Nancy Calef

Passport Podcast with Keith Breitbach 
Episode #9 Stepping Stones-Nancy Calef

Professional Artist Magazine
Artist Profile - Feature
February/March Issue 2016

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Peoplescapes -- My Story From Purging To Painting by Nancy Calef with Jody Weiner

Peoplescapes -- My Story From Purging To Painting
By Nancy Calef with Jody Weiner
Babu Books
includes 149 original drawings and
paintings in full color copyright 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle - Datebook Feature

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