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Born on this day in 1928, was American artist and prominent member of the second generation of the Bay Area Figurative artists, Nathan Oliveira. Born in Oakland, California, to a family of Portuguese immigrants. Though he worked with a variety of media, subjects, and disciplines over the course of his long career, Oliveira is best remembered for the brilliantly coloured figurative and landscape paintings he created while associated with the California movement. In the summer of 1950, he studied painting and printmaking at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. Soon after, he served in the Army as a cartographic draftsman, stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco. By 1955, he began teaching painting at CCAC and drawing and printmaking at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute).
In 1959, Oliveira was the youngest painter included in the important exhibition New Images of Man at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which also featured works by Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, and Jackson Pollock. In 1963, a survey of five years of his paintings and works on appear was shown at the Art Gallery of the University of California, and a fifteen-year survey of his paintings was organized by the Oakland Museum of California in 1973.
Oliveira was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1994 and received many other awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, two honorary doctorates, and, in 2000, membership in a distinguished order conferred by the government of Portugal. His work is in the collections of many museums, among them the Art Institute of Chicago, the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Three of his paintings are featured in the Anderson Collection at Stanford University.
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