Frank Joseph Vavra – Artist Bio

Frank Joseph Vavra (1892-1967) Colorado/New Mexico/Nebraska, Mountain Landscape, Portrait, Still-life Frank J. Vavra was born in St. Paul, Nebraska in 1892. When he was seven, his parents moved with their three boys to Cheyenne, Wyoming. The wild and rowdy atmosphere of this pioneer town continued to influence Vavra’s paintings long after he left there. Franks’ […]

Page Allen – Artist Bio

b. 1951 New Mexico, abstract landscape, oceans, monotype Page Allen was born in St. Charles, Illinois in 1951. After studying at Princeton University, she completed her bachelor’s degree at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1974 and her master’s degree at Northern Illinois University at DeKalb in 1980. Artist Statement “This western land lends itself […]

Barbara Chase-Riboud (b 1939), Birthday June 26

(b 1939) Pennsylvania / France/Italy, Sculptor-Bronze Draped Figure, African-American Themes A sculptor and writer, Barbara Chase-Riboud is known for her African- inspired abstract sculptures that combine polished bronze with fiber. She is regarded as one of the new generation of black artists because of her extensive formal education and extensive travel. She was one of […]

Robert Henri (1865-1929), Birthday June 24

Robert Henri (1865-1929), Birthday June 24

Herself, 1913 oil on canvas, Chicago Art Institute (1865-1929) New York/Pennsylvania, Portrait And Social Realist Genre Painting, Teaching Born Robert Henry Cozad in Cincinnati, Ohio, Robert Henri became one of the leading personalities in American art, known for his teaching skills, ethnic portraits, especially spirited children, and insistence that artists should adhere to social realism […]

Christina Naranjo – Artist Bio

Christina Naranjo – Artist Bio

                  (1891 – 1980) New Mexico, Santa Clara Pueblo, Native American Pottery Christina Naranjo was a well-respected potter specializing in traditional carved black and redware. She is known for her deeply carved, very traditional style of pottery which placed an emphasis on classic designs. Christina Naranjo was […]

Mary Cain – Artist Bio

Mary Cain – Artist Bio

                  (Mary Cain, Blue Rain) (1915 – 2010) New Mexico, Santa Clara Pueblo, Native American Pottery Mary is one of the grand matriarchs of Santa Clara Pottery. Mary is the granddaughter of Serefina Tafoya and the daughter of Christina Naranjo. Mary began actively making pottery in the […]

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Birthday June 7

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Birthday June 7

Day of the God (Mahana no Atua), 1894 oil on canvas (Chicago Art Institute) (1848-1903) France, Post-Impressionist paintings, Tahiti For more information about Paul Gauguin and to see samples of his work visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art website at For more Art Collecting Tips and Resources, be sure to visit our website and follow us […]

Mary Stevenson Cassatt (1844-1926), Birthday May 25

(1844-1926) Pennsylvania/France Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt is best known for her mother and child compositions and also for her color prints, based on Japanese woodblock techniques and that combined dry point, etching, and aquatint.  From 1890, she had her own printing press at her home.  Born in 1844 in Allegheny City (now part of Pittsburgh), […]

Franz Josef Kline (1910-1962), Birthday May 23

(1910-1962) New York, Action Painting, Abstract Expression Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Franz Kline became one of the most prominent 20th-century American artists working in abstract and non objective styles. His name is most associated with large-scale black and white paintings, and these linear abstractions brought him his first notable public attention in 1950 when they […]


Jasper Johns (b 1930), Birthday May 15

(b 1930) New York, Mod Flags-Pop Symbols, Sculptor  Painter, sculptor, and printmaker Jasper Johns became one of America’s best-known post-Abstract Expressionists and Minimalists.  His name is most associated with pictorial images of flags and numbers, Pop-Art subjects that he depicted in Minimalist style with emphasis on linearity, repetition, and symmetry.  Johns completed his first flag […]

Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), Birthday May 4

(1826-1900) New York/New Mexico, Majestic Landscape, Arctic Marine Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Frederic Church became a leading figure in the Hudson River School of painters, and in the 1850s and 60s was one of America’s most famous painters.  The paintings for which he became known were landscapes conveying a serene sense of light and space, […]

Willem de Kooning (1904-1997), Birthday Apr 24

(1904-1997) New York, Abstract Expressionist Painting, Figurative Willem de Kooning, one of the recognized masters of abstract expressionism, was a founder of the New York School of action painting.  Born in Rotterdam in 1904, de Kooning received a solid background in the applied arts as an apprentice, first for a commercial art firm and then […]


Arshile Gorky (1904-1948), Birthday Apr 15

(1904-1948) New York/Connecticut, Abstract Expressionism, Surrealism, Automatism   Living a life dominated by tragedy and despair, Arshile Gorky nevertheless became one of the most important abstract 20th-century artists. The art critic Harold Rosenberg wrote that Gorky was “an artist in exile for whom art became a homeland”. Born Vosdanig Manoog Adoian in Turkish Armenia, Arshile […]

Roxanne Swentzell – Artist Bio

b. 1962 New Mexico, Santa Clara Pueblo, Motif Sculpture and Pottery Roxanne Swentzell, resident of the Santa Clara Pueblo, is the daughter of Rina Swentzell. From a family of renowned potters and sculptors, her talent was recognized early, and she was given the opportunity to spend two years at the Institute of American Indian Arts […]

Teresita Tafoya Naranjo – Artist Bio

(Teracite Tafoya Naranjo, Apple Blossom) (1919 – 1999) New Mexico, Santa Clara Pueblo, Native American Pottery “My pottery is the handiwork of God.” – Teresita Naranjo, Santa Clara Pueblo Teresita Naranjo, born and raised at Santa Clara pueblo, was the daughter of Christina (1891 – 1980) and Victor Naranjo. Her grandmother was the highly respected […]