Winslow Homer (1836-1910), Birthday Feb 24

(1836-1910) Massachusetts, Genre, Marine, And Figure Painting, Illustration Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1836 and growing up in Cambridge, Winslow Homer became one of the all-time leading figures in American art, known for his marine genre paintings and for his espousing of realism, especially of American life. From the 1880s until his death in 1910, […]

Raphaelle Peale (1774-1825), Birthday Feb 17

(1774-1825) Pennsylvania, Still-life, Portraits, Figure Painter Raphaelle Peale was born in Annapolis, Maryland in 1774.  He was the eldest son of Charles Willson Peale, under whom he first studied in Philadelphia.  He was the first of Peale’s children to survive infancy.  In the early 1790s, he helped his father run the Peale Museum in Philadelphia.  […]

Grant Wood (1891-1942), Birthday Feb 13

(1891-1942) Iowa, Regional Scene Painter, Genre-Portrait, Landscape One of the major American Regionalist painters along with Thomas Hart Benton and John Steuart Curry, Grant Wood was born in Anamosa, Iowa, and spent his childhood in Cedar Rapids.  Unlike Curry and Benton, he never moved East but remained in the Middle West where he found inspiration […]


Robert Morris (b 1931), Birthday Feb 9

(1931 – ) New York, Earthworks, Installation, Minimalism Robert Morris, a Minimalist artist, was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1931, studying at that city’s Art Institute from 1948 to 1950, and then at the California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco in 1951. While living on the West Coast, he was involved with improvisational […]

Alison Saar (b 1956), Birthday Feb 5

(1956 – ) New York, Mod Figure, Collage, Assemblage Alison Saar, like her mother Betye Saar, is a sculptor and assemblage artist. Born in Los Angeles, California in 1956 of a White father–an artist, conservator–and Black, Irish, Native American mother, Alison Saar’s work tends to reflect the cultural aspects of her mother. The artist now […]

Robert Motherwell (1915-1991), Birthday Jan 24

Robert Motherwell (1915-1991), Birthday Jan 24

Wall Painting with Stripes, 1944 (The Art Institute of Chicago) (1915-1991) New York/Connecticut, Abstract Expression, Collage American painter, Robert Motherwell, was one of the founders and principal exponents of Abstract Expressionism, who was among the first American artists to cultivate accidental elements in his work.  A precocious youth, Motherwell received a scholarship to study art […]


Marsden Hartley (1877-1943), Birthday Jan 4

(1877-1943) Maine, Modern Sea-Land Imagery, Still-Life Painting Born in Lewiston, Maine, Marsden Hartley became one of the most famous early modernist artists of twentieth-century American art, known for landscapes, still lifes, and some portraits.  His painting showed a focus on monumental shapes, especially clouds and landscape forms, and his unique style has been described by […]

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 […]

John W. Nieto – Artist Bio

(1936-2018) Texas/New Mexico, Native American theme painting, etching, graphics, sculpture John Nieto calls himself an American artist who paints Indians, not an Indian artist.  An acclaimed leader of his field, but taking a separate path to represent Native Americans in striking symbolic portraits, Nieto is exhibited worldwide and has had paintings accepted for the Presidential […]


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 […]

Paul Pletka – Artist Bio

b. 1946 New Mexico, Modern Indian Figure Paul Pletka is a neo-surrealistic painter inspired by his fascination from early childhood with Native Americans of the Southwest. He has become one of the most noted painters of Native American culture and shows in galleries nationwide. His style, described as neo-surrealistic, “is both realistic and deeply spiritual, […]

Oleg Stavrowsky – Artist Bio

b. 1927 Texas/New Mexico, Cowboy Genre, Horse and Figure Painter Born in Harlem, New York, in 1927 to immigrant parents. His interest in art began in high school. During The Second World War. Oleg was drafted into the Army, served in Europe and  honorably discharged as a staff sergeant in 1949. After his return to […]


Walt Gonske – Artist Bio

(1942 – ) New Mexico/New York, Landscape and Still Life Painting, Illustration Walt Gonske was born and raised in New Jersey. After graduating from the Newark School of Fine Arts, he studied with the famous illustrator, Frank Reilly, and at the Art Students League in New York.  He was a successful commercial illustrator before deciding […]

William Thomas Lumpkins – Artist Bio

(1908-2000) New Mexico/California, Non Objective Imagery Watercolor, Solar Architectural Design William Lumpkins was the sole artist among the early modernists who could rightly claim his connection to New Mexico and the inspiration from the high desert landscapes as a birthright. In 1929, he enrolled at the University of New Mexico where he took painting classes from artist […]

Bernard Patrick Arnest – Artist Bio

(1917-1986) Colorado/Minnesota, Genre, Figure, and Marine Painting, Graphics Arnest served both as head of the Art School and Professor of Art at Colorado College, 1957-1971, and was a widely recognized artist. He was born in Denver, Colorado and studied at the Fine Arts Center. He was a student of Boardman Robinson and Henry Varnum Poor. In 1940 he was […]