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Mark Rothko: 1903-1970

Born on September 25, 1903, Mark Rothko (Marcus Rothkowitz), was a major Abstract Expressionist artist and had an important influence on the development of colour field painting. Latvian by birth, Rothko emigrated with his mother and sister to the United States in 1913, joining his father and 2 brothers who had come a few years […]

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Alma Thomas: 1891-1978

Born on September 22, 1891, in Columbus, Georgia, Alma Woodsey Thomas grew up in a family that encouraged education and appreciation of literature and the arts. In 1907, the family moved to Washington D.C., partly due to the Atlanta race riots, but also because Washington had better education and employment opportunities for African Americans than […]

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Jean Arp: 1886 – 1966

Born on September 16, 1886 in Strasbourg (then part of Germany), Jean (Hans) Arp was a pioneer of abstract art and a founding member of the Dada movement.  After studying at the Kunstschule, Weimar from 1905 to 1907, Arp attended the Académie Julian in Paris. In 1909, Arp moved to Switzerland where in 1911 he […]

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Romare Bearden: 1911 – 1988

Born on September 2, 1911 in Charlotte, North Carolina, Romare Bearden was a multi-talented artist and one of America’s foremost collagists.  Bearden’s family moved to New York City in 1914 in an attempt to distance themselves from Jim Crow’s “separate but equal” laws. Bearden initially studied at Lincoln University but transferred to Boston University where […]

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Man Ray: 1890 – 1976

Born Emmanuel Radnitzky on August 27, 1890 in Philidelphia, PA, Man Ray was an influential artist, best known for his avant-garde photography. He was a leading figure (and the only American) to play a  significant role in the Dada and Surrealist movements. Ray grew up in Brooklyn, New York and showed artistic ability at an […]

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Rufino Tamayo: 1899-1991

Born to a Zapotecan Indian family on August 26, 1899, Rufino Tamayo is one of Mexico’s most renowned painters. An orphan by age 12, Tamayo moved to Mexico City to live with his aunt who enrolled him in commercial school.  He began taking drawing lessons in 1915 and from 1917 to 1921, he studied at […]

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Mario Gomez: Painting

Born in 1968, Chilean painter Mario Gomez was raised by his father, an engineer, and his mother, an art teacher. Gomez originally wanted to be an architect, but his love for the arts and creative spirit led him to study fine arts at the School of Art at Pontificial Catholic University of Chile. The sources […]

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Jean Hélion, 1904 – 1987

Born in Normandy, France on April 21, 1904, Jean Hélion is recognized as one of the leading abstract painters in Europe during the 1930’s. Hélion moved to Paris in 1921 where he worked as an architectural apprentice until deciding to become a painter in 1925. He became a member of the Groupe Art Concret in […]