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Artist Biographies
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Aizenberg, Roberto (Argentina, b.1928)
Aizenberg studied architecture, but became well known as a painter. Travels to Paris and Italy influenced his art. He is among several Argentinean artists interested in Surrealism, a style in which dreamlike images are portrayed in a realistic manner.

Alaupovic, Alexandra (United States, b.1921)
Born in Yugoslavia, Alaupovic works in clay and metal, blending contemporary and traditional influences. Nature is a dominant theme of her work. Her large works are always planned to fit their eventual site or location.

Albers, Joseph (Germany/United States, 1888-1976)
Albers became the teacher of many Color Field painters when he came to the United States from Germany. He began a long series of studies based on the interaction of color. Using the square as a motif, he demonstrated the qualities of color and how they interact when placed next to each other or near each other. Albers published his fascinating studies in a book entitled Interaction of Color.

Alberti, Leon Battista (Italy, 1404-1472)
Alberti was one of the leading architects and art theorists of the Renaissance. He emphasized the intellectual, rational, and scientific aspects of all art, even works with religious importance. He was also an accomplished sculptor, playwright, painter, musician, mathematician, and athlete.

Anguissola, Sofonisba (Italy, 1535-1625)
Anguissola was a popular portrait painter. Her works are more like affectionate family photographs than formal portraits. A widely recognized artist in her lifetime, she became court painter to King Philip II of Spain when still in her twenties. Anguissola is credited with introducing everyday activity into formal portraiture. Her self-portraits are among her best-known works of art.

Ansel Adams (United States, 1902-1984)
Like the nineteenth century landscape painters in America, Ansel Adams found an emotional response in the American wilderness. During his lifetime, he was the foremost nature photographer in the United States. Ansel Adams used his camera to capture the grandeur of the mountains in the western United States, especially in Yosemite National Park. He was a master of photographic technology. His black and white prints have dramatic contrasts of lights and darks that he achieved by using different colored filters.

Anuskiewicz, Richard (United States, b.1930)
Anuskiewicz was another American leader of the Op Art movement. His paintings are carefully constructed with line and color to produce sensations of the same shape both advancing and receding. The placement of lines, shapes, and colors is incredibly exact. His work is balanced and optically stimulating.

Artis, William Ellisworth (United States, 1914-1977)
Artis, an African American, was part of a vigorous artistic and cultural movement in Harlem during the 1930s known as the Harlem Renaissance. During his long career as a college art professor, Artis became a nationally recognized sculptor. His sensitive portrait sculptures of children reflect his belief in human potential.

Asawa, Ruth (United States, b.1926)
Born in Southern California of Japanese-American parents, Asawa was taught by Japanese artists. She is known for her sculptures that reflect a Japanese influence. The design of one fountain sculpture, for example, is based on origami, or folded paper forms.

Audubon, John James (United States, 1785-1851)
Audubon was born in Haiti and educated in France where he studied drawing. He moved to Pennsylvania as a teenager. Audubon was fascinated by orinthology. He painted remarkably accurate portraits of hundreds of species of birds and features of their habitats. The Audubon Society takes its name from this artist.

Avery, Milton Clark (United States, 1893-1965)
Avery was largely self-taught. He developed an abstract style, eliminating details, preferring to focus on simple shapes and areas of flat, pale colors. His subject matter included landscapes, crowded beaches and portraits of friends and family.

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