Nathan Oliveira
Head Three, 1982
Bronze with unique patina
14 x 13 x 16 inches
Edition of 9

Nathan Oliveira
Untitled - Figure Leaning, 1972
Watercolor and graphite on paper
15 x 11 1/2 inches

Nathan Oliveira
Ryan Figure #9, 1982
Oil on canvas
54 x 48 inches

Nathan Oliveira
Untitled Santa Maria Nude, 1999
Watercolor on paper
24 x 19 inches

Nathan Oliveira
Blue and White Hawk, 1981
22 x 26 inches 

Nathan Oliveira
Head, 1959
Watercolor, gouache, ink wash, crayon and pencil on paper
12 x 9 inches

Nathan Oliveira
Pessoa's Sleigh II, 2000
30 1/8 x 27 1/4 inches 

Nathan Oliveira
Acrylic # 5, 1961
Acrylic and graphite on paper
12 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches 


Nathan Oliveira was born in Oakland, California in 1928 to a family of Portuguese immigrants. He studied painting and printmaking at the California College of Arts and Crafts (now the California College of the Arts, or CCAC) in Oakland, and in the summer of 1950 with Max Beckmann at Mills College in Oakland. After two years in the U.S. Army as a cartographic draftsman, he began teaching painting in 1955 at CCAC and drawing and printmaking at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute, or SFAI). In 1959 Oliveira was the youngest painter included in the groundbreaking exhibition, New Images of Man, which included established artists such as Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Since then he held numerous guest teaching appointments at various art schools and universities. He held a tenured teaching position at Stanford University from 1964 until he retired in 1995.  During his career, surveys of his work were held at the Art Gallery of the University of California, Los Angeles (1963); Oakland Museum of California (1973); California State University, Long Beach (1980); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1984); California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco (1997); and the San Jose Museum of Art (2002). Oliveira was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1994 and has 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 collected nationally and is held in the collections of many distinguished institutions, including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh; the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Oliveira passed away in 2010 at his home in Palo Alto, California.