Arthur Secunda Biography
Arthur Secunda is an internationally renowned artist whose career has spanned six decades. 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 even mastered making his own paper in France and Japan. (A body of his work on handmade paper was destroyed in Sendai, Japan in 2011 during the tragic tsunami). His impressive body of work includes painting, mixed media, polyester assemblage, ceramics and welded sculpture. He has produced more than 300 limited edition prints, which will be the subject of an upcoming catalog raisonne
His studies began at Cass Tech High School and the Detroit Art Institute as a teenager, and continued in New York at the Art Students League and New York University. After a stint in the Air Force as an artist, he then studied, thanks to the GI Bill, in Mexico, Paris and Italy, with many great artists and teachers, beginning a lifelong propensity for travel-living and working in other countries. For decades, he maintained studios in Paris, New York and Los Angeles.
His imagery ranges from figurative and hard-edge to jazz and the Bible. However, he is primarily known for his iconic landscapes of the 1970s and 1980s. He is known for a specific kind of color gradation and blending of forms in many media. His work tends to oscillate between the serene—striated colors in landscapes—to the expressive, as in many of his oil paintings.
After years in Paris, Secunda maintained a studio in Scottsdale, AZ for a decade and now resides in Boulder, CO, where he continues doing what he has done everywhere else he has lived—creating imagery.
He has worked as a jazz musician—in Paris in the early days to support himself—a milkman, an art critic, lecturer, curator, writer and publisher. Periodically he has consulted at NASA as an image visualizer, helping translate scientific data into visual images. He is highly respected as a teacher, having taught master classes in collage and paintings on two continents.
He is represented in most major museums, including the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C., the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Norton Simon Museum—Pasadena, CA, the National Gallery of Australia; Bibliotheque Nationale—Paris, France; and the National Museum in Stockholm, Sweden.
(Written by C. Edward Wall, 2012)