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Artist Biographies

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Abecassis, Raphael
Adam, Albrecht
Adam, Joseph Denovan
Adams, Ansel Easton
Agam, Yaacov (Gipstein)
Albers, Josef
Altman,Harold
Anguiano, Raul
Ardissone, Yolande
Arp, Jean (Hans)
Artigue, Albert Emile
Asaro, John R.
Augis, Marcel
Avramidis, Joannis
Azarian, Mary

Raphael Abecassis

Raphael Abecassis
b. 1953
20th Century Israeli artist

Raphael Abecassis was born in Marrakesh, Morocco, and grew up in Israel where he studied art at the College of Education in Beersheva. He has exhibited in many museums and galleries in Israel, the United States and Canada. In 1986 and 1991, he won the national competition for the official poster of Israel’s Independence Day celebrations.

Adam, Albrecht

Albrecht Adam
1793-1862
German affiliated artist

Albrecht Adam was born in Nördlingen a town located in the Bavaria section of Germany in 1793. Before Adam became an artist he started out working as an apprentice in a confectioners shop. He turned to painting after he was influenced by the director of the Academy of Fine Arts of Nuremburg. He participated as a soldier in the Austrian Campaign of 1809 after the war he spent time in Vienna were his work attracted the notice of Napoleon’s stepson Eugene de Beauharnais, he was subsequently appointed court painter. Some of Adam’s most notable deal with Napolean’s Russian Campaign. In 1815 he moved to Munich were he continued to paint. He died in Munich in 1862.

Adam, Joseph Denovan

Joseph Denovan Adam
1842-1896
Scottish landscape painter

Joseph Denovan Adam was born in Glasgow in 1842. He painted mostly in oil but did create some works in watercolor. He focused on animals and landscape, specifically highland cattle. Adam settled in the Crieff district and founded the School of Animal Painting at Craigmill. His use of color and painterly style of brushstrokes set him aside from his contemporaries.

Adams, Ansel Easton

Ansel Easton Adams
1902-1984
American Photographer and Environmentalist

Ansel Adams is famous worldwide for his ground breaking gelatin silver photographs of Yosemite and Sierra, Nevada. He was a self-taught musician and photographer. His photography was based on his grand passion for the environment and the West where he spent the majority of his time from 1916 until his death. His work can be seen as following in the romantic tradition of 19th century American landscape painting of the Hudson River School.

Agam, Yaacov

Yaacov (Gipstein) Agam
b. 1928
Israeli kinetic artist, active in France and New York

Yaacov Agam was born Yaacov Gipstein in Rishon le Zion in Israel on May 11, 1928. His father was a rabbi, and the family was poor. Agam received little schooling but soon realized he could draw. As a teenager, he entered the New Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem. In 1949, he travelled to Zurich and throughout Europe to study. In viewing the art of the past, he became obsessed with the idea of inventing a new mode of artistic expression that would reflect the present. In 1951, he settled into a studio in Paris, where he then discovered the world of galleries and dealers, as well as other intellectuals and artists. Agam received his first solo show in 1953, the first recorded solo show of kinetic art. His work can be divided into three categories: contrapuntal paintings that change color and form as the viewer moves; transformable objects that contain elements whose patterns can be altered by the viewer; and tactile constructions that vibrate, move, or give off sound when touched.

Albers, Josef

Josef Albers
1888-1976
German-born American Modern artist

Josef Albers was born into a Roman Catholic family of craftsmen in Germany in 1888. He worked from 1908-1913 as a school teacher and trained as an art teacher at Königliche Kunstschule in Berlin from 1913-1915. In 1916, he began his work as a printmaker at the Kunstgewerbschule in Essen. In 1918, he received his first public commission, a stained glass window for a church in Essen. Albers enrolled in the preliminary course of Joannes Itten at the Weimar Bauhaus in 1920, teaching the art of stained glass a few years later. In 1925, The Bauhaus moved to Dessau, where Albers designed furniture and continued to work with glass. With the closure of the Bauhaus under Nazi pressure in 1933, Albers emigrated to the United States where he was offered a job as head of a new art school, Black Mountain College in North Carolina. In 1936, he was given his first solo show in Manhattan at J. B. Neumann’s New Art Circle. In 1950, Albers left Black Mountain to head the department of design at Yale University, where he remained until he retired from teaching in 1958. In 1963, he published Interaction of Color, which had a limited first edition printing of only 2,000 copies and contained 150 silk screen plates. Albers most famous works are the hundreds of paintings and prints begun in 1949 that make up the series, Homage to the Square. In 1971, he was the first living artist to be given a solo show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He died in 1976.

Altman, Harold

Harold Altman
1924-2003
American landscape artist, active in Pennsylvania and France

Harold Altman is a New York City born artist known for landscape and figure painting and lithographs.


Anguiano, Raul

Raul Anguiano
1915-2006
Guadalajara, Mexico

Born in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1915, Raul Anguiano is a well-known historical easel and mural painter. Raul taught life drawing at the University of Mexico City from 1942-1964. Throughout his works, he maintained a faithful, realistic tendency, which he enriched with fantastic elements. He developed prints, drawings, paintings, and murals dealing with the essential themes of the Mexican Revolution. He died in 2006.

Ardissone, Yolande

Yolande Ardissone
b. 1927
French Neo-Impressionist painter

Yolande Ardissone is a French-based artist who has exhibited extensively in the United States, as well as in her native country. Ardissone paints marine scenes, landscapes and floral still life subjects in a style that combines Naiveté and Impressionism with bright colors influenced by Fauvism. She has traveled widely in addition to the United States, including to Spain, Algeria, China, Thailand, Russia, Egypt and Indonesia, but most of her paintings are of Brittany. She credits Gaughin, Van Gogh and Renoir as major influences. Ardissone was born in Normandy in 1927 to a Ukrainian mother and Italian father. She began her art studies at age seventeen in Paris at the Ecole des Arts Appliqués and then enrollments followed at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiére, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Atelier of Unterstellar. In Paris she received the Médaille d'Argent for artistic excellence. Paris, has also has acquired her work for the city collection.

Arp, Jean (Hans)

Jean (Hans) Arp
1886-1966
German-French painter, sculptor, and abstract collage artist

Jean (Hans) Arp was born in Strasbourg in September 1886 when the area was known as Alsace-Lorraine. In 1904, Arp left the Ecole des Arts et Metiers and went to Paris. From 1905-1907, Arp studied at the Kunstschule in Weimar, Germany and then returned to Paris where he attended the Academie Julian. In 1912 he went to Munich and was encouraged by Wassily Kandinsky to exhibit with the Der Blaue Reiter German Expressionist group. In 1915 he moved to Switzerland to take advantage of Swiss neutrality and avoided being drafted into the German Army. Arp was a founding member of the Dada movement in Zurich in 1916. In 1958, a retrospective of Arp’s work was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, followed by an exhibition in Paris in 1962. Arp died in 1966 in Basel, Switzerland.

Artigue, Albert Emile

Albert Emile Artigue
1850-1927
French painter and etcher

The painter and lithographer Albert Émile Artigue is sometimes listed as Émile-Albert Artigue. Artigue was born in Buenos Aires, to French parents. He was a pupil of Cabanel and Douard. Artigue exhibited regularly with the Salon de Paris and the Salon des Artistes Français.

Asaro, John R.

John R. Asaro
b. 1937
California regional landscape artist

John Asaro trained at the Arts Students league, New York and the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA. His work has been exhibited at solo and group shows in California from the 1970’s through 2010.

Augis, Marcel

Marcel Augis
Active 1914-1918
French 20th Century Landscape Artist

Very limited autobiographical information is available for this artist. He is not listed in any major fine art indexes but his work is available at auction. According to one source, Marcel Augis was an itinerant artist selling etchings and woodblocks on paper and was active during WWI working on the front lines. He sold etchings to the soldiers as memorabilia. He travelled to other areas of France, producing an etching in Rouen and a woodblock in Touraine.

Joannis Avramidis

Joannis Avramidis
b. 1922
Greek-Austrian sculptor

Joannis Avramidis was born in 1922 in Batumi, Georgia. He studied at the state art school in Batumi from 1937-39, and later at Fritz Wotruba in Vienna. In 1962, he represented Austria at the Venice Biennale. Avramidis became a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, and from1968-1992, he was head of a master-class of sculpture. His representation of the human figure was formed in his sculptures through stylized clusters of simplified forms. In 1973, Avramidis was awarded the Austrian State Prize.

Azarian, Mary

Mary Azarian
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20th Century American woodblock print artist and illustrator

Mary Azarian grew up on a small farm outside of Washington, D.C. She began drawing at an early age and developed an interest in woodcuts after creating her first relief cut in the fourth grade. Mary attended Smith College and studied printmaking with Leonard Baskin. After college, she and her husband moved to a farm in northern Vermont. All of her farming experiences have inspired the subjects of her woodblocks. She creates both black and white woodblocks and ones in color that she paints by hand. In the 1970s, she began illustrating children’s books and has since produced over fifty.

   
   

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