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Lived/Active: California      Known for: animals, birds, still-life paintings in a surrealist style

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Biography from Allyn Parsons Arts:

Information submitted by his wife Allyn Parsons, February 2006:

Roy Dimitri Parsons was born in London, England in 1926.  His mother and he emigrated to the United States in 1931 and he grew up on Long Island, New York near Stony Brook in a wooded, countryside environment.

From the age of 12 he lived in California in Atherton and Carmel where he completed high school.  He joined the Navy in 1944. After being discharged he returned to California where he attended Menlo Junior College, then UCLA where he studied geology and mathematics with the intent to specialize in seismology.  He then realized that his real interest lay in the field of art, and he was accepted into advanced painting classes in his last year of college.

Later he studied painting techniques with Dr. Albert Tross, a conservator of 15th through 20th century paintings at the L.A. County Museum and also other museums.

Dimitri has made some sculptures in marble and other mediums, but his main emphasis is oil paint, acrylic, pen and ink or pastels.

Dimitri's work (nearly always dealing with animals, birds, or still-life) is partly surrealistic and always reflects his love of nature. A good many of his paintings are of owls or herons. However there is one series of work called monuments that could be considered social commentary.

More than 200 of his works have been acquired by collectors in the U.S., Europe, and South America.

He showed his work primarily in California, but now in Texas also.

He has had solo shows in Los Angeles, California in 1958, '59, '60, and '63.

Exhibits include:
Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles,1961
Mexico City, Mexico, 1960
The Orange County Annual, California, 1958
The Little Studio, New York, N.Y., 1958
Gump's, San Francisco, 1951

His work was chosen to be part of an exhibit of emerging West Coast artists at the Frye Museum in Seattle, Washington in 1962. The Museum of Modern Art of Sao Paolo, Brazil retains a personal record, photography, and catalogues of his work for it's files.

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