Boyd Allen was born in Muskegon, Michigan on January 29, 1931. Allen earned his M.A. degree at University of California at Berkeley in 1955 and the following year began teaching at that school and continued until 1991. He then retired to Taos, New Mexico where he built a studio and began painting the mountains and deserts of the surrounding area. A cancer victim, he died in Taos on September 2, 1995.
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