Contemporary

Jean-Michel Basquiat

2018-02-02T09:38:20+00:00

Jean-Michel Basquiat was one of America's brightest, most talented and original artists. His works currently command some of the highest prices at auction around the world. Andy WarholJean-Michel Basquiat, 1982 Early Life and Education Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in Brooklyn on December 22, 1960. Basquiat had two younger sisters. His older brother died shortly before Basquiat [...]

Marc Chagall

2018-01-19T09:37:24+00:00

Marc Chagall | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Marc Chagall painted a world filled with color, light and fantasy and brought an inimitable style of his own to twentieth century art. Early Life and Education Marc Chagall was born Moishe Segal in 1887 in the city of Vitebsk, now part of Belarus. He was the [...]

Richard Diebenkorn

2017-11-05T13:33:27+00:00

Richard Diebenkorn was born April 22, 1922 in Portland, Oregon. Richard Diebenkorn was an American abstract expressionist painter, who marched to the beat of his own drummer, ignoring art trends and painting the light and landscapes that he glimpsed from his Ocean Park studio. Early Life and Education Richard Diebenkorn was born in Portland, Oregon [...]

Walton Ford

2018-11-06T08:40:26+00:00

Walton Ford in his studio, 2017 Walton Ford is an American artist, whose works combine history, science and mythology to explore the effects that humans and the environment have on birds and mammals. Early Life and Education Walton Ford was born in Larchmont, New York in 1960, one of four children. Walton's father, Enfield Berry [...]

Richard Estes

2016-10-11T12:48:39+00:00

Richard Estes was born in 1932 in Kewanee, Illinois, but moved to Chicago at an early age. He remained there to study at the Art Institute of Chicago in the 1950s, where his training centered on figure drawing and traditional academic painting, the style that interested him most. Estes is one of the foremost proponents of the Photo-Realist movement, [...]

Keith Haring

2018-10-29T08:56:20+00:00

Keith Haring in 1985.Photo by David Howard Keith Haring was an American street artist and activist, whose easily recognizable work has been inspirational to his admirers around the world. Early Life and Education Keith Haring was born in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1958 and raised in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. He was the oldest, and only son, [...]

David Hockney

2018-11-06T09:04:43+00:00

David Hockney at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which has an exhibition of newly painted portraits. "When I’m in the studio, I feel like I’m 30," he says. "But when I leave it, I know I’m 80." (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times) Early Years and Education David Hockney was born in the [...]

Robert Indiana

2018-09-27T15:45:20+00:00

Robert Indiana is one of America’s most renown contemporary artists. His iconic works are recognized throughout the world. Early Life and Education Robert Indiana was born in New Castle, Indiana in 1928. He was adopted by Earl and Carmen Clark, who moved often, resulting in Robert being pulled in and out of different schools. Indiana attributes the [...]

Alex Katz

2018-09-26T13:25:40+00:00

Alex Katz was born in Brooklyn in 1927, raised in Queens, and has lived in his SoHo loft since 1968. His parents, who emigrated from Russia, encouraged Katz’s interest in the arts. He attended Woodrow Wilson High School, whose curriculum allowed him to study academic subjects in the morning and arts in the afternoon.

Kaws

2018-10-05T15:26:03+00:00

Brian Donnelly (born 1974), known professionally as Kaws (stylized as KAWS), is an American artist and designer. His work includes repeated use of a cast of figurative characters and motifs, some dating back to the beginning of his career in the 1990s, initially painted in 2D and later realised in 3D. Some of his characters are his [...]

Ellsworth Kelly

2017-11-05T13:03:44+00:00

Ellsworth Kelly photographed in 1965 Ellsworth Kelly was an American artist whose work opened the door for post-war artists to explore minimalism, hard-edge, Color Field paintings and Pop Art. Early Life and Education Ellsworth Kelly was born in Newburgh, New York in 1923 and raised in the small town of Oradell, New Jersey. He [...]

Scott Kelley

2018-09-26T13:27:58+00:00

Scott Kelley is an artist and naturalist living on Peaks Island, Maine Scott Kelley is an American artist, whose focus is on the birds and landscapes surrounding his home in Maine. Early Life and Education Scott Kelley was born in Binghamton, New York in 1963. “Having grown up as an only child,” he says, “I [...]

Jeff Koons

2017-11-05T13:18:00+00:00

Jeff Koons, 2014 Jeff Koons is one of America’s most successful and controversial artists. Early Life and Education Jeff Koons was born in York, Pennsylvania in 1955. His father was an interior designer, his mother a seamstress. Koons showed an interest in art at a young age. One of his teenage idols was Salvador [...]

Julio Larraz

2018-09-21T13:48:55+00:00

Julio Larraz is best known for his precise and detailed technique, his imagination, and his unique subtle touch. Julio Larraz was born in Havana, Cuba, on March 12, 1944. The son of a newspaper publisher, he began to draw at a very early age. In 1961 his parents moved to Miami, Florida, taking the whole [...]

Richard Lindner

2017-06-05T11:23:57+00:00

Richard Lindner (1901-1978) was born in Hamburg, Germany and is well known for his quirky POP artworks. His style blends a mechanistic cubism with personal images and haunting symbolism.

Henri Matisse

2016-10-11T12:49:04+00:00

French artist, Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was known for his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. He was a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter. Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, as one of the three artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the [...]

Joan Miro

2018-09-28T09:18:56+00:00

"The more ignoble I find life, the more strongly I react by contradiction, in humor and in an outburst of liberty and expansion." — Joan Miro Early Life and Education The artist Joan Miró in front of one of his works Spanish painter, printmaker and sculptor, Joan Miro, was born in Barcelona in 1893. Miro’s father [...]

Montoya & Ortiz

2018-06-15T11:31:53+00:00

Luis Montoya and Leslie Ortiz have been working together since 1994. Their works are as unique and their collaboration. We asked them to tell us how their partnership came about, and Leslie was gracious enough to tell us about their backgrounds and how, almost twenty five years ago, they serendipitously became one of the most remarkable artistic [...]

Pablo Picasso

2017-11-05T13:29:24+00:00

In 1949, Albanian-American photographer Gjon Mili was able to make an appointment with Pablo Picasso at his studio in Vallauris France. Trained as an engineer and self-taught in photography, Gjon Mili was the first to use electronic flash and stroboscopic light to create photographs that had more than scientific interest. “Painting is a blind [...]

Robert Rauschenberg

2016-10-11T12:49:09+00:00

Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) was an American artist who came to prominence in the 1950s transition from Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art. Rauschenberg is well-known for his "Combines" of the 1950s, in which non-traditional materials and objects were employed in innovative combinations. Rauschenberg was both a painter and a sculptor and the Combines are a combination of both, [...]

Kent Rockwell

2016-10-11T12:49:12+00:00

Growing up in a genteel family in New York City, Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) was a member of the rugged realist school of landscape painters as well as a popular illustrator and printmaker. His 1930 illustrations for Moby Dick are among his most lasting achievements. He was the first American artist to have work exhibited in the Soviet [...]

James Rosenquist

2018-04-13T13:33:00+00:00

James Rosenquist  was one of America's most influential Pop artists, known for his enormous compositions relating to consumerism, politics and science. James Rosenquist, Bedford, New York, 2012. Photo © Annie Leibovitz Early Life and Education James Rosenquist was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota in 1933 to parents of Scandinavian descent. The family moved often, his father [...]

Hunt Slonem

2017-06-05T11:23:56+00:00

Born in 1951, Hunt Slonem is an American painter, sculptor, and printmaker. He is best known for his Neo-Expressionist paintings of tropical birds, often based on a personal aviary in which he has been keeping from 30 to over 100 live birds of various species. Slonem's works are included in many important museum collections all over the world.

Anthony Thieme

2017-11-05T13:00:55+00:00

Anthony Thieme (20 February 1888 – 6 December 1954) Anthony Thieme (1888-1954) was born in Rotterdam, Holland. He studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, Holland, under George Hacker; Garlobini, Guardaciona; and Mancini in Italy. He also studied in Germany. In the 1920's he emigrated to the United States, initially residing [...]

Andy Warhol

2018-09-26T13:32:46+00:00

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was an American painter, printmaker, and filmmaker who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became famous worldwide for his work as a painter, avant-garde filmmaker, record producer, author, and member of highly diverse social circles that included Bohemian [...]

Tom Wesselmann

2018-09-21T16:11:04+00:00

Tom Wesselmann, 1962 Tom Wesselmann was one of America’s most innovative Pop artists. A painter, printmaker and sculptor, his work is as American as the country and western music he sang and wrote. Early Years and Education Tom Wesselmann was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended Hiram College and then transferred to the [...]

John Whalley

2017-11-05T12:55:31+00:00

John Whalley uses historic photos, objects as inspiration for artworks John Whalley was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1954, Whalley's mother, herself an artist and graduate of the Pratt Institute, encouraged him to draw and paint from an early age. He completed his first oil painting at eight years of age at his [...]

Jamie B. Wyeth

2017-06-05T11:23:59+00:00

James Browning Wyeth was born, in 1946, into a family of gifted American artists. His father, Andrew Wyeth, grandfather, N.C. Wyeth, and aunt, Carolyn Wyeth all contributed to his art education. Early Life and Education Wyeth was raised in Chadds Ford Township, Pennsylvania, home of the Brandywine School, established by artist Howard Pyle. Pyle was the teacher [...]

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