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Nathan Oliveira
  • Nathan Oliveira

    Figure with Arm Up, 2010

    Oil on canvas

    66 x 50 inches

  • Nathan Oliveira

    Golden Head, 1986

    Oil on canvas

    36 x 27 1/4 inches

  • Nathan Oliveira

    Bowler, 2010

    Oil on canvas

    84 x 70 inches

  • Nathan Oliveira

    Untitled Figure, 2010

    Oil on canvas

    66 x 50 inches

  • Nathan Oliveira

    Max I, 1989

    Oil on canvas

    54 x 66 inches

  • Nathan Oliveira

    Corner, 1964

    Oil and collage on canvas

    26 x 30 inches

  • Nathan Oliveira

    Untitled, 1961

    Watercolor on paper

    9 x 7 inches

  • Nathan Oliveira

    Head, 1959

    Watercolor, gouache, ink wash, crayon and pencil on paper

    12 x 9 inches

  • Nathan Oliveira

    Untitled, 1968

    Acrylic and collage on paper

    25 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches

  • Nathan Oliveira

    Untitled Nude, 1982

    Charcoal on paper

    24 x 19 inches

  • Nathan Oliveira

    Imi 6, 1989

    Watercolor on paper

    24 x 19 inches

  • Nathan Oliveira

    Pessoa's Sleigh II, 2000

    Monotype

    30 1/8 x 27 1/4 inches

  • Nathan Oliveira

    Seated Ryan with White Hair, 1981

    Monotype with hand coloring

    20 x 22 inches

  • Nathan Oliveira

    Figure IV, 1983

    Bronze

    40 1/2 x 21 1/2 x 30 inches

  • Nathan Oliveira

    Head Three, 1982

    Bronze with unique patina

    Edition of 9

    14 x 13 x 16 inches

  • Nathan Oliveira

    Mask VII, 2007

    Bronze with unique patina

    Edition of 9

    9 x 12 x 12 inches

Artist Bio

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.

Publications
Nathan Oliveira: A Memorial Exhibition
Abstract and Figurative: Highlights of Bay Area Painting
Elmer Bischoff, Theophilus Brown, Richard Diebenkorn, Manuel Neri, Nathan Oliveira, Wayne Thiebaud, James Weeks, and Paul Wonner
January 8, 2009
Nathan Oliveira: Singular
September 12, 2001
Nathan Oliveira: Recent Paintings and Works on Paper
September 18, 1997
Exhibitions
Nathan Oliveira
A Memorial Exhibition
September 8 – October 22, 2011
The Art of Giving
December 9, 2010 – January 19, 2011
Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture
August 6 – 28, 2010
Summer in the City 2008
July 10 – 31, 2008
Nathan Oliveira
Singular
September 12 – October 20, 2001
Selected Press
Nathan Oliveira
Palo Alto Cultural Center
September 2, 2008
Nathan Oliveira Sculptures in Palo Alto
San Francisco Chronicle
August 16, 2008
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