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Robert Steven Connett: Painting

Born in 1951 in San Francisco, California, Robert Steven Connett began drawing and painting at the age of 27. He continued to create artwork as a hobby for 20 years during which time he owned and operated an insurance brokerage firm in San Francisco. He sold the firm in 1998 at age 47 after his […]

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Edgar Degas: 1834-1917

Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas was born on July 19, 1834, to a wealthy banking family in Paris, France.  Educated in Latin, Greek, and ancient history at the Lycée Louis-le-Grand in Paris, Degas initially intended to study law, briefly attending the Sorbonne’s Faculté de Droit in 1853. In 1855 he studied painting the École des Beaux-Arts […]

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Jean Paul Riopelle: 1923 – 2002

Born on October 7, 1923 in Montreal, Canada, Jean-Paul Riopelle is one of Canada’s most famous painters. Riopelle studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Montreal in 1942, and then at the École du Meuble, graduating in 1945. He studied with Paul-Émile Borduas under whose direction Riopelle created his first abstract painting. Riopelle was a […]

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Annie Leibovitz: Photography

Born on October 2, 1949,  in Waterbury, Connecticut, Annie Leibovitz has been documenting American popular culture since the 1970’s and is one of the most sought after portrait photographers today. The Leibovitz family moved frequently with her father’s duty assignments in the US Air Force and Annie took her first photos when they were stationed […]

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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio: 1571-1610

Born in Milan, Italy on September 29, 1571, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio is considered one of the first great painters of the Baroque school and a revolutionary figure in European art. Caravaggio trained in Milan under the Lombard painter Simone Peterzano, a pupil of Titian – the leading painter of the 16th century Venetian school […]

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5 Women Artists You Should Know: Vol. 6

1. Yayoi Kusama – March 22, 1929 – Born in Nagano Prefecture, Japan, Kusama is a sculptor, painter, writer, installation artist and performance artist.  As a child she experienced hallucinations and visions of polka dots and net patterns, and had severe obsessive thoughts.  Early in her career, she began covering surfaces including walls, floors, canvases, […]

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James Corbett: Car Part Sculptor

Queensland Australia artist James Corbett began making sculptures from old car parts in 1999 while running an auto recycling business in Brisbane. A year and a half later, he turned to sculpting full time. Corbett does not bend any of the parts into shape so the unique integrity of each car part is maintained. “The […]

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Rubén Miranda: Firgurative Abstract Painting

Born in San Juan, Peurto Rico in 1955,  Rubén Miranda studied drawing, printmaking, painting and sculpture at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras, receiving his B.A. in Art and Education in 1975.  After graduation, he moved to Florida to study at Florida State University in Talahassee where he earned a Master’s degree in […]