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Lived/Active: New Mexico/California      Known for: abstract expressionist painting

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Biography from Albuquerque Museum:
The painter Mala Breuer was born in Oakland, California December 21, 1927.

After a first semester of drawing and painting techniques at the San Francisco Art Institute, Breuer was granted a scholarship and painted abstractly in oil on canvas.  She also studied with Clyfford Still, Mark Rothko, Richard Diebenkorn, and David Park (1946-48).  She continued her training at the California College of Arts and Crafts (1964-66 BFA), and San Francisco State University (1970 MA)

Breuer began teaching at San Francisco State University in 1968.  From 1968 to 1977, she worked in color-field with thin washes of color poured on wet canvas. This process was repeated many times on each canvas.  The direction of the paint was controlled by lifting the edges of the canvas by the stretcher, with emphasis on the vertical image.

Following her work in color-field, Breuer turned to the creation of panel series, in which acrylic paint was brushed onto canvas.  This change occurred while she was living and painting in New York from 1976 to 1984.

In 1984 she began painting in New Mexico and returned to oil paint, with the addition of beeswax, using a palette knife over clear acrylic primed canvas.  Vertical lines were first drawn in pencil, and she used mathematical forms to separate and unite living form.

Andrea Escher, an intern at the Albuquerque Museum

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