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 […]

Leslie J. Skelton – Artist Bio

(1848-1929) Colorado/Canada, Landscape, Illustration Leslie J. Skelton, a highly popular late 19th and early 20th century artist, was born in Canada and came to Colorado Springs in the 1890’s for his health. He studied in Paris. Prior to 1885, his work was exhibited in Paris, London, New York and Montreal. He organized the first art […]

Earl Eder – Artist Bio

b. 1944 Montana, Painting, Sculpture, Native American Themes Earl Eder is a recognized Native American (Sioux) painter and sculptor. He is a graduate of the first class of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After studying at the IAIA, Eder continued his work at the San Francisco Art Institute. He was a […]


John Ward Lockwood – Artist Bio

(1894-1963) New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Colorado, California, Modern Abstract, Landscape, Genre, Graphics Painting Born in Atchison, Kansas, Ward Lockwood became a key painter in the Taos, New Mexico art colony. Modernist art styles including Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism and Constructivism reflected his wide ranging travels in Europe and the United States.  From the 1920s to the 1960s, […]

Edward Arcenio (Eduardo) Chavez – Artist Bio

Edward Arcenio (Eduardo) Chavez – Artist Bio

(1917-1995) Colorado/New York, Genre, Landscape, Lithography, Mural Edward Chavez was born in Wagonmound, New Mexico. He worked through the depression as one of the most successful WPA muralists, then for the U.S. Army painting murals in mess halls during off duty hours, finally becoming one of many artists to call Woodstock, New York home in […]

Clyfford Still (1904-1980), American Abstract Expressionist – The Denver Connection

The Clyfford Still Museum will be located in Denver, Colorado near the Denver Art Museum in the city’s Civic Center Cultural Complex. The museum is scheduled to open in 2010.