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Nathan Oliveira

Nathan Oliveira (12/19/1928-11/13/2010) was born in Oakland, California.  He served in the Army from 1953 until 1955.  He creates paintings, monotypes, and sculptures with themes of isolation, darkness, and struggle.  Oliveira explored the human form with gestural painting, often with a dark and brooding mood.  Most of his work is characterized as part of the late 1950s postwar figurative painters. He is a member of the National Academy of Design, and in 1994 was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Oliveira was awarded the L.C. Tiffany Grant in 1957.  He has also been awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1958) and the Tamarind Fellowship (1964).  Retrospectives of his work were held at UCLA (c. 1973), the Oakland Art Museum (c. 1973), California State University at Long Beach (1980), the San Francisco Museum of Art (c. 1985), and the Palace of the Legion of Honor (1997).  He continues to exhibit his work throughout the United States.  Oliveira's first group show was in 1954; his first solo show was in 1958.  Oliveira's artwork is part of the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the University of California, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art

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