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Pablo Picasso: 1881-1973

Born on October 25, 1881, in Málaga, Spain, Pablo Picasso (Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso) was a painter, sculptor, draughtsman, printmaker, decorative artist, and writer.  “His revolutionary artistic accomplishments, including the co-founding of Cubism, brought him universal renown making him […]

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Alberto Giacometti: 1901 – 1966

Born on October 10, 1901 in Borgonovo, Switzerland, Alberto Giacometti was a sculptor, painter, draughtsman and printmaker.   His father, Giovanni Giacometti, was a Post-Impressionist painter. From 1919 – 1920, Giacometti studied painting at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and sculpture and drawing at the Ecole des Arts et Métiers in Geneva.  Between 1922 – 1927, he  […]

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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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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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Esther Barend: Abstract and Portable Art

It’s been over a year since I last caught up one of my favourite abstract artists – Netherlands based Esther Barend. Since that time she has been busy moving to a new studio, exhibiting in numerous solo and group shows, and creating a series of new paintings and portable art bags. Barend’s vivid paintings are […]

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Ryan Johnson: Sculpture

Born in 1978 in Karachi, Pakistan Ryan Johnson currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He has a BFA from the Pratt Institute in New York and an MFA from Columbia University, New York. Johnson’s sculptures are made from a mish mash of ingredients including casting tape, glass, plywood, cement, plastic, cardboard, spray paint, […]

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Alma Thomas: 1891-1978 – Abstract Art

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 […]