Nathan Joseph Roderick Oliveira
(1928 - 2010)
Nathan Joseph Roderick Oliveira was active/lived in California. Nathan Oliveira is known for abstract figurative painting, graphics.
photo by Glenn Matsumura
Biography Nathan Joseph Roderick Oliveira
Nathan Oliveira was born in Oakland, California to parents of Portuguese descent. As a youth he was interested in art and music, and considered the possibility of becoming a coronetist in a jazz band. However, during his high school years he visited the California Palace of the Legion of Honor where he saw a Rembrandt painting that profoundly influenced the course of his life. For a time he attempted to study advertising art before enrolling in the California College of Arts and Crafts* in Oakland with the intention of pursuing a career as a portrait painter.
During the course of his college studies he began to move from portraits to a more expressionistic and non specific figuration. Despite the shift to a more ab
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