Nathan Oliveira

Ryan Figure #9, 1982

Oil on canvas

54 x 48 inches

Nathan Oliveira

Imi 6, 1989

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


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 (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.