Born in New York City on October 30, 1901, he began studying art at the National Academy of Design after becoming friendly with Adolph Gottlieb in the summer of 1928. Soon he transferred to the Art Student's League where he studied briefly under Boardman Robinson. He attributed his real education however to frequenting the studios of his mentors Milton Avery and Adolph Gottlieb during the 1930s. Bodin was part of a group of younger artists (nascent color field painters-namely Gottlieb, Rothko and Newman) who associated with Avery in Provincetown and Brooklyn during the 1930s and early 1940s.
During the Depression, Bodin found employment on the easel painting division of the Works Progress Administration Federal A
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