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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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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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Henri Cartier-Bresson: 1908 – 2004

Born on August 22, 1908, in Chanteloup, Seine-et-Marne, near Paris, Henri Cartier-Bresson is considered by many to be the father of modern photo-journalism. In 1927, Cartier-Bresson studied painting at the Lhote Academy in Paris under Cubist painter and sculptor André Lhote. He turned to photography in 1931 when he acquired a Leica 35mm camera – […]

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João Ruas: Yore @ Thinkspace Gallery

Born in Brazil, João Paulo Alvares Ruas interest in visual arts began at a young age with comic books as his first bridge to lines and colors. Later, he took Design in University and after a three year stint in London, Ruas went back to his home town of São Paulo, where he now lives […]

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Ben Tour: Mixed Media

Born in 1977 in Toronto, Canada, Ben Tour has a degree in Illustration from Sheridan College in Ontario. Tour’s paintings primarily focus on the human figure – many of them female. Tour “channels a dark, often haunting sense of humanism in his work. His observations deftly inform his paintings, enabling him to capture the essence […]

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Matthew Curry: Illustration

Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1975, Matthew Curry majored in illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design.  “Curry is a twice Grammy nominated designer, illustrator, painter, and the principal of the award winning design studio, Imagefed, based in Washington DC. The visual language Matthew Curry has developed is easily recognizable on album and magazine […]