Mario Joseph Korbel (22 March 1882 – March 31, 1954) was a Czech-American sculptor.
He was born in Osik, Bohemia (now Czech Republic) on March 22, 1882 to a clergyman, Joseph Korbel and his wife Katherina Dolezal Korbel. He began studying sculpture in his homeland, continuing his studies after moving to the United States at age 18. He returned to Europe and continued his studies in Berlin, Munich and Paris.
He died March 31, 1954 in Manhattan, New York City.
His sculpture can be found at:
- Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
- Art Institute of Chicago
- Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, Connecticut
- Museum of Fine Arts of St Petersburg, St Petersburg, Florida
- Honolulu Academy of Fine Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii
- Fogg Museum. Harvard University. Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Caramoor Rosen House, Katonah, New York
- Cranbrook Educational Community, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
- Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
- Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
- National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
- Illinois Monument, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Marietta, Georgia
- Racine Heritage Museum, Racine, Wisconsin
- ‘’Black Angel", Oakland Cemetery (Iowa City, Iowa), Iowa City, Iowa
- Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey
- McPhee Memorial, Denver, Colorado
- Ezekiel W. Cullen Building, University of Texas, Austin, Texas
- Alma Mater statue, Universidad de La Habana, Havana, Cuba (1919)
- Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois
- Oakland Cemetery, Iowa City, Iowa
as well as at several sites in the Czech Republic.
As a medallist Korbel designed a medal struck by the Medallic Art Company New York about Nazi Germany occupying Bohemia and Moravia. That medal was available at the unfinished pavilion of Czechoslovakia of the 1939 New York World's Fair as an award for contributions to the Czech Resistance.
- Proske, Beatrice Gilman, Brookgreen Gardens Sculpture, Brookgreen Gardens, SC, 1968 p. 231
- ‘’Exhibition of Models for a Monument to the Pioneer Woman" at the Chicago Architectural Exhibition, East Galleries, Art Institute of Chicago, June 25 to August 1, 1927
- National Sculpture Society, ‘’Contemporary American Sculpture", National Sculpture Society, NY 1929
- Artemis, Gallery. "Lot 328: Czechoslovakia Bronze Medal 1939". Bosten, MA: Invaluable. Retrieved 25 July 2017.