Banever, Gilbert

Banever, Gilbert (1913-2003)

Gilbert Banever was born in New Haven, Connecticut on June 8, 1913. He attended the city’s public schools, developed an interest in art, and won prizes and awards. He received a BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS from Yale in 1934. He supported himself by painting in the Yale University Library. That year Banever won the much sought after Prix de Rome which provided money for him to live, at no cost, at the American Academy of Rome and to receive $1,500 a year for two years. He continued to win awards for his paintings after returning to New Haven. At the time Banever worked for the WPA Federal Arts Project he was single. From 1938-1943 he served as the Director of the Memphis Academy of Art, as a designer for General Electric from 1943-1945, and he worked for MGM from 1945-1947. He completed four paintings for the WPA. One was allocated to the Norwich State Hospital and another to the City of New Haven. Banever died on December 10, 2003, most likely in California.

Sources: WPA Biography; WPA Artist’s Work Card; Who Was Who in American Art (1985), pp. 31-32; AskART; Social Security Death Index; “Winners of Prix de Rome Awards Chosen in Painting and Sculpture,”New York Times, May 2, 1934; “Prix de Rome,” Time Magazine, May 7, 1934.

Gilbert Banever

Works of Art Listed in CT Archives’ database from Gilbert Banever:

Adam and Eve: oil
Scrap Metal Workers: buon fresco
Still Life- Vegetable Study: oil
Purchase of New Haven Colony: oil
Banever, Gilbert