William Baziotes (1912 - 1963)
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Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, William Baziotes was an American Abstract Expressionist painter. In 1933, Baziotes began his formal art training at the National Academy of Design in New York City. After teaching through the Federal Art Project from 1936 to 1938, Baziotes befriended many emerging Abstract Expressionist artists, who influenced his work. His first solo exhibition was at Peggy Guggenheim's Art of This Century Gallery in 1944. In 1948, with Robert Motherwell, David Hare, and Mark Rothko, Baziotes founded the Subjects of the Artist School in New York. He also taught at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, the City University of New York, Hunter College, New York University, and People's Art Center. While he is a contributor to Abstract Expressionism, Baziotes was highly influenced by European Surrealism.