Gibran Khalil Gibran
Born in Lebanon in 1883, Gibran Khalil Gibran came from difficult circumstances but was an able and willing recipient of years of instruction by a local priest that opened him to learning many subjects. He studied languages, the Bible, history and science. After moving to the United States 1895, his curiosity and natural talents lead him to embark on a career where he expressed himself through the arts. His works were especially influential in the American popular culture in the 1960s. He studied with August Rodin in Paris. One of his best know works is “The Prophet”, a book of 26 poetic essays, which has been translated into over 40 languages.
Victor, also a child of Lebanon who came to the United States at a young age, was invited to create a bust of Gibran that is now installed at the Los Angeles Public Library. The dedication in 2014 was attended by local, regional and international dignitaries in celebration of the life and contributions of Khalil Gibran.