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 FIgure, 2003
Watercolor on paper
17 x 13 3/4 inches

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

Nathan Oliveira
Seated Ink Sketch, 1965
Watercolor and ink on paper
17 x 14 inches 

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

Nathan Oliveira
Blue and White Hawk, 1981
Monotype 
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
Monotype
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 

Biography

Nathan Oliveira (1928 - 2010) was born in Oakland, California, 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). Since then he held many guest teaching appointments at many art schools and universities. He held a tenured teaching position at Stanford University from 1964 until he retired in 1995.  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. A survey of five years of his paintings and works on paper was shown at the Art Gallery of the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1963, and a fifteen-year survey of his paintings was organized by the Oakland Museum of California in 1973. He had a print retrospective in 1980 at California State University, Long Beach, and the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco organized a survey of his work in monotype in 1997. 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 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.