Paul Burlin (09/10/1886-03/13/1969) was born in New York City. He received his education in England, but was self-taught in art. His paintings became increasingly abstract, and as he became interested in communicating with surfaces and colors all literal imagery disappeared from his work. Burlin was a member of the American Society of Painters, Sculptors, and Engravers; the Salon des Independents; and the Salon d'Automne. In addition, Burlin was one of the first members of the Santa Fe School of Western Painting (1913). He taught at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (1936), the University of Minnesota (1949), Washington University in St. Louis (1949-54), Union College of New York (1954-55), and the Chicago Art Institute School (1960). Burlin's work has been in multiple solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad. His work is in many permanent collections including the Brooklyn Museum, IBM, Museum of Modern Art, NYU, the Newark Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He died in March, 1969.