Born in Portland, Oregon (1922). Family moved to San Francisco Bay Area (1924). Attended Stanford University (1940 - 43; BA, 1949) Studied at University of California, Berkeley (1943) while serving in the U. S. Marine Corps (1943 - 45). Attended California School of Fine Arts (1946). Lived in Sausalito, CA and taught at California School of Fine Arts (1947 - 50). Studied at University of New Mexico, (MFA, 1951). Began Berkeley series of abstract expressionist paintings (1953). Began still lifes, then landscapes as a prelude to figurative paintings (1955). Taught at California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland (1955 - 59). Taught at San Francisco Art Institute (1959 - 63). Lived in Santa Monica and taught at University of California, Los Angeles (1966 - 73). Began Ocean Park series (1967). Died in Berkeley, CA (1993). Museum Exhibitions include: The Drawings of Richard Diebenkorn, organized by the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1988); major traveling retrospective, The Whitney Museum of American Art (1988); Elected to The Royal Academy, London (1992). Blue Surround, Evolution of Print, MH de Young Memorial Museum, The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco (1994); The Art of Richard Diebenkorn, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (1997-1998). Clubs and Spades, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California Palace Legion of Honors, San Francisco, CA (2002). The Ocean Park Series, Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth, Fort Worth, TX; traveling to Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (2011-2012).
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