Reuben Tam (1916-1991) was born in Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii. Tam studied at the University of Hawaii with Huc Luquiens and Henry Rempel from 1933 to 1937. He also took classes at the California School of Fine Arts in 1940 and Columbia University. In 1941, he attended the Art Students League and worked privately with Hans Hofmann. While taking classes at the New School for Social Research in New York from 1943 to 1945, Tam studied with Erwin Edman, Meyer Schapiro, Maurice Wertheimer and Rudolf Arnheim. Tam was the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellwoship in 1948. He is known as a teacher and painter, and he has taught at the Brooklyn Museum School, Oregon State University and Queens College. Tam's works are in the collections of the IBM Corporations, the Honolulu Academy of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn Museum, the Massillon Museum of Art and the New York Public Library.