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Lived/Active: New York/California/Arizona/New Jersey / France      Known for: printmaking, collage, mixed media abstract painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Arthur Secunda was born in New Jersey in 1927 and established a career in Paris, France, and on both the East and West coasts and Arizona.  He is a painter, collage artist, sculptor, teacher, and graphic artist.  He is especially noted for his richly colored collages and skill with printmaking, having received two grants from the Tamarind Lithography Workshop.

In 1946, he served a year in the Air Force as a staff artist and then attended New York University and the Art Students League where his teachers were Harry Sternberg, Reginald Marsh and Julian Levi.  He later continued his education in Paris and Rome, studying sculpture with Ossip Zadkine and painting with Andre L'hote.  Secunda spent a year in Mexico working at the Esmeralda Escuela de Pintura y Escultura, where he learned the art of wood carving and woodcut printing.

He has served as Curator of Education at the Santa Barbara Art Museum; Art Editor of the Beverly Hills Times, Founding Editor of Artforum Magazine and radio commentator of  Arts of All Times in Santa Barbara.

Secunda has been a teacher at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, the Pasadena Art Museum, the University of California, Los Angeles and at Long Beach State College. His first solo show was at the Galerie Lucien Gout in Montpellier in 1950.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
University of Judaism, L.A., 2005
McMasters University, Hamilton, Canada, 2004
Lacoste Gallery, Savannah College of Art, France, 2003
Armstrong Atlantic University, Savannah Georgia, 2002
Waterworks Center of Visual Arts, Salisbury, NC, 1997
Senior Eye: Palmcrest House, Long Beach, CA 1995
Konstkap Galleriet Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden, 1995
La Vegas Art Museum, NV, 1993
Aktuaryus, Strasbourg, France, 1992
Fukui Cultural Center, Japan, 1987
Instituto Norteamericano, Barcelona, Spain, 1987
Jacquemart-Andre Museum, Paris, France, 1985
Honolulu Academy of Fine Arts, Hawaii, 1980
Palm Springs Desert Museum, Ca., 1978
Musee Reattu, Arles, France, 1976
University of California., Davis, 1970
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California, 1964
Palm Springs Desert Museum with Hans Burkhardt, 1964
Fresno Art Center, California, 1963

Arthur Secunda, Exhibition List

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Following is a press release from Cleary University:

On April 19, 2012, the Executive Committee of Cleary University endorsed establishment of the Arthur Secunda Museum at its Livingston County campus in Howell, Michigan. Cleary University will dedicate approximately 1500 linear feet of quality wall display space in public areas for the permanent installation of Secunda's  work. It also will establish a gallery in its Chrysler Building for rotating exhibitions related to Secunda and associated artists and printers. Furthermore, a portion of the Cleary University Welcome Center will be devoted to an exhibition introducing the museum and the artist.

Arthur Secunda is an internationally renowned artist whose art career began in Detroit more than 65 years ago. His one man shows have been seen worldwide in numerous galleries and museums in Europe, North America and Asia (an exhibition of his work currently is showing in Beijing).  Known for his brilliant collages and striking graphics, Secunda has mastered almost all media, including making his own paper in France and Japan. His impressive body of work includes painting, mixed media, polyester assemblage, ceramics and welded sculpture. His imagery ranges from figurative and hard-edge to jazz and the Bible. However he is known primarily for his iconic landscapes of the 1970s and 1980s, which incorporate a specific kind of color gradation and blending of forms.

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Secunda's first one man show was at the Galerie Lucien Gout in Montpellier in 1950. Since that time, he has exhibited widely all over the U.S., Europe and Japan in over 150 galleries, museums and universities, as well as major art fairs in New York, Paris, Basel and Cologne.

Secunda is known for his brilliant collages with deliberate layering and contrasting of colored papers to create a range of depth of color and texture. His innovation in the fine art of printmaking resulted in two grants to the Tamarind Lithography Workshop and a residency at the Centre Genevois de Gravure Contemporain ,in Geneva.

Over the years, he has maintained studios in New York, Paris and' Beverly Hills; and currently maintains one in Arizona. He travels and exhibits extensively and is living with his artist wife and son, Alexandre, in Arizona.

George Palovich, Co-Curator, West Valley Art Museum

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