Artist Name

birth24/1/1934 in Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaPicture of Binder
death10/10/1993 in Los Angeles, California
educationTemple University,
Otis Art Institute

Erwin Binder was born on January 24, 1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Following a brief period at Temple University, he joined the U.S. Air Force in 1952. He spent most of his enlistment staioned near the border of Mexico. This time greatly shaped his interests.

Following his retirement from military service he spent twenty years working for the family jewelry business. It was there that he learned to cast metal and work with stone. Working in jewlery eventually became too confining and he chose to pursue his artistic interests by enrolling at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. He found inspiration in the works of Jose Clemente Orozco.

During the 1970s and 1980s he was at his most productive and created many public sculptures for Southern Californian clients. His favorite materials were onyx and stone.

I would like to know more about Erwin Binder and would certainly like a picture of him. If any friends or descendents could help out I would deeply appreciate it.

Sourced mainly from Ryan James Fine Art.

You can click medals to switch between obverse and reverse sides.

Air and Space Bicentennial1983

The obverse bears a phantastic "space scape" with space shuttle in front of Jupiter and moons; stylized gas cloud in background. Signed at bottom, BINDER

The reverse bears a space rocket superimposed over a hot air balloon. Around circumference, (twentythree stars) / AIR AND SPACE BICENTENNIAL

The edge is marked MACO © 1984 ERWIN BINDER SC.

This is one of the most beautiful medals with "space" as a subject that I know. Binder was of course more than casually interested in air and space as he had served in the U.S. Air Force in the 1950s.

The medal measures 76mm in diameter. It was struck in bronze by the Medallic Art Company of Danbury, Connecticut. The medal's mintage is not known to the author of this page.

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