Arthur Secunda, American (1927 - )

Arthur Secunda

Arthur Secunda (aka Arturo Secunda outside the United States) was born in New Jersey in 1927. His career in art has been marked by international recognition in many fields - painter, sculptor, teacher, critic and printmaker. In 1947, after a year in the U.S. Air Force as a staff artist, he attended New York University and the Art Students League in New York where he studied with Harry Sternberg, Reginald Marsh and Julian Levi. He later continued his education in Paris and Rome where he studied sculpture with Ossip Zadkine and painting with Andre L'hote. Secunda spent the following year in Mexico working at the Esmeralda Escuela de Pintura y Escultura, where he learned the art of woodcarving and woodcut printing.

Throughout his dynamic career Secunda has cultivated his art connoisseurship via many interesting jobs which have included museum curator of education at the Santa Barbara Art Museum, university instructor and lecturer at UCLA, the Pasadena Art Museum, Otis Art Institute and the Palm Springs Desert Museum. In addition he produced a weekly TV program entitled "Arts of All Times," and was the founding editor of Artforum magazine in Los Angeles in 1963.

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 United States, Europe and Japan in over 150 galleries, museums and universities, as well as major art fairs in New York, Paris, Basel and Cologne.

His art works hang in the permanent collections of important institutions worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.; the Chicago Art Institute; the Honolulu Academy of Fine Arts and the Detroit Art Institute in the U.S. In addition to the Tel Aviv Museum, his art has been acquired by European museums in Aries, Geneva, Stockholm, Choler, Ostend, Brussels, Zurich, and elsewhere.

Secunda is particularly noted for his brilliant collages and striking graphics. J.M. Rouquette, Director of the Arles Museum Reattu has said, "Secunda's collages make use of a very seductive, original and somewhat mysterious technique in which the actual tearing of paper coincides with a personal philosophy of color." His graphics have been acclaimed for their lush color and technical inventiveness and his innovations in printmaking have inspired two grants from the Tamarind Lithography Workshop. For many years, Secunda has maintained studios in New York, Paris, and Beverly Hills; and currently maintains one in Arizona.

He travels and exhibits extensively and currently is living with his artist wife and son, Alexandre, in Arizona.

Selected One Man Exhibitions

McMasters University, Hamilton, Ontario, 2003
Robert Roman Gallery, Scottsdale, Az. 2003
Pfriem Gallery, Lacoste, France, 2003
Pierre-Paul Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI 2002
Savannah College of Art and Design, GA 2001
Roberts Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2000
Waterworks Center of Visual Arts, Salisbury, NC 1997
Las Vegas Art Museum, NV 1993
Nahan Gallery, New York, NY 1990
Safrai Gallery, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Israel, 1988
Jack Gallery, New York, NY 1986
Galerie Patrick Cramer, Geneva, Switzerland 1984, 1988
Fukui Cultural Center, Fukui, Japan 1987
Jacquemart-Andre Museum, Paris, France 1985
Galleria Joan Prats, Barcelona, Spain 1983
Palm Springs Desert Museum, CA 1966, 1978
Arras gallery, New York, NY 1974
Memorial Union Art Gallery, University of Calif., Davis 1970
Konstsalongen Kavaletten, Uppsala, Sweden 1966, 1968, 1970
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA 1964
Ankrum Gallery, Los angeles, CA 1961, 1963, 1965
Galerie Lucien Gout, Montpellier, France 1952

Selected Group Exhibitions

Salander O'Reilly Gallery, ASL exhibit, New York, 2003
Rothschild Gallery at AAF Expo, New York 2002
Greengate Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland 2001
Van Gogh Foundation, Arles, France, 1999
Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France, 1990
Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, Utah 1990
Paris American Academy, Paris, France 1985
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA 1983
Honolulu Academy of Arts, HI 1980
Whitney Museum of American Art, NY 1979
L.A. Institute of Contemporary Art, CA 1978
San Jose Museum, CA 1974
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, NY 1973
Oakland Museum, CA 1970
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL 1969
National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden 1968
James Ensor Museum, Ostend, Belgium, 1968


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