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Deva Rajan arrived at the University of California, Berkeley in 1960 after a year in Mexico on an archeological dig, another year studying in Florence, Italy, and a stint at Pomona College, where he earned an art history degree.
In the early 60s, the University California’s art department was hotbed of talent led by faculty members such as sculptor Peter Voulkas. Rajan studied along with Stephen De Staebler, Jim Melchert and other sculptors who would eventually establish themselves in the international art scene. In 1962 Rajan earned an M.A. in sculpture. In 1963 his cast aluminum and iron piece was exhibited at the Biennale de Paris.
But later Rajan turned from fine art sculpture to fine building, founding Canyon Construction, a San Francisco Bay Area firm noted for helping to pioneer green building practices. His own home, a sculpted wood aerie in the redwood forest of Canyon, Calif., was featured in the book, “Handmade Homes: The Natural Way to Build Houses,” by Art Boericke. Over the years artists such as Voulkas and De Staebler called on Rajan’s expertise to build safe, functional studios.
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