Baltimore, Maryland, was the city of my birth in 1955, but I never really lived there. I began to draw intensely at the age of seven after my parents divorce in Florida, and continued that practice growing up in a small Wisconsin town. My Bachelor of Science in Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1977) was for drawing and printmaking. Attracted by the intense psychological content and technical skill displayed by artists in Prague and Vienna, I moved to the Austrian capital in 1978, attending the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts for five-and-a-half years. There I learned Old Master painting techniques, studied paint chemistry, drew thousands of figure drawings from life, and completed a year-long course at the Anatomy Institute. Vienna hosted my first solo exhibition in 1979, quickly followed by exhibitions in Austria, Germany and France. In 1981 I received one of Austria's most prestigious awards for artists, the Theodor Koerner Award. By 1984 I had moved to my current home of Los Angeles and in 1985 had my first American solo exhibition, followed by of over one hundred group and solo exhibitions, including venues in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. My work is included in the public collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Orange County Museum of Art, Oakland Museum, San Jose Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian Institute, among others. In 1990 I received a Western States Art Federation award, and in 1991 a J. Paul Getty Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship. Funds from the latter allowed me to live in Post-Revolutionary Iran for one year in 1992-93. The national tour of a massive six-year project, The Paternal Suit: Heirlooms from the F. Scott Hess Family Foundation, was launched in 2012 at the Halsey Institute in Charleston, SC, and will end at the Long Beach Museum of Art in 2014. A career survey of works will be published in 2014, accompanied by an exhibit at multiple venues. I am represented by Hirschl and Adler Modern in New York and Koplin Del Rio Gallery in Los Angeles.
Academy of Fine Arts Vienna Austria