Bear and Cubs

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center entrance at 39400 Paseo Padre Parkway.

“Bear and Cubs” is a granite sculpture by Beniamino B. Bufano. The piece is privately owned.

“Benny” Bufano was born in Italy in 1898 and the family emigrated from Italy to New York when “Benny” was three years old. Bufano came to San Francisco to work on a sculpture for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Later, Bufano taught at the San Francisco Institute of Art, at UC-Berkeley, and at the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland. Although Bufano was only five feet tall, his work was often monumental in scale. Bufano remained in San Francisco until his death in 1970. More information about the artist may be found on Wikipedia.

Other Bufano works to be found in Fremont are “Penguins,” also at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, and “St Francis,” located at the Berge-Pappas-Smith Mortuary.