1930 – 2006
Benny Andrews was born in Georgia, one of ten children in a farming family. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he studied at the Art Institute of Chicago on the G.I. Bill. Andrews moved to New York City in 1958, influenced by the rich African-American culture that the city provided. The narrative theme in much of his work derives from his experiences both collectively as an African American and personally. In Andrews work he explores and creates a dialog as to what it means to be an individual within the complexity of American contemporary life.
Bill Barrell was born in London and emigrated to the United States. His career as a painter came to fruition the summer of 1956 in Provincetown, Massachusetts. His first solo exhibition was hung in 1958 at the experimental Sun Gallery in Provincetown. Barrell would later run this gallery in 1960 and continue to show Figurative Expressionist work. Barrell is one of the seminal second generation Abstract Expressionists (mid-50s - early 60s) who returned to painting the figure.
Ken Bowman was born in Denver, Colorado in 1937, and he began painting in 1957. His early work includes oils that he painted in Greece, where he spent three months as a guest of the Greek government. From 1958 to 1959, Bowman traveled throughout Europe and in parts of Africa, after which he attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts in 1963. After graduation, he returned to Denver, where he briefly taught history of art in a commercial school before settling in New York City in 1964. Bowman had his first one-man show at the prominent Tibor de Nagy gallery on Manhattan’s East 57th Street in 1970, the same year that Rhino Horn was formed. He continued to show his work with that gallery for the remainder of the 1970s.
1934 - 1993
Peter Dean was born in 1938 in Berlin and emigrated to the United States in 1938. He had his first one-man show in 1963 at the Aspects Gallery on East 10th Street. It was during this period that his style developed into a powerful mode of Figurative Expressionism. His work was vibrant, full of color, gesturally applied thick paint, crowded with energetic figures and often depicted allegorical or political themes. Dean was one of Marcia Tucker's favorite artists and she included him in Paradise Lost/Paradise Regained: American Visions of the New Decade at the Venice Biennale, 1984.
Michael Fauerbach was born in Yonkers and grew up in the Bronx. In 1963 he graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He went to School of Visual Arts to study illustration because he like the figure. While there, the market fell out of favor towards illustration due to the popularity of photography. He applied for a scholarship for a fourth year (It was a 3 year school at the time) and switched to painting. He's painted and created sculpture ever since.
Leonel Góngora was born in Cartago, Colombia. He studied at Escuela de Bellas Artes in Bogota, Colombia, and with Max Beckman at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1959 he traveled to Europe, living in Italy. From 1960 to 1963 he lived in Mexico City and was a founding member of Nueva Presencia, and Salon Independiente. He moved to New York City in 1963. Góngora's work is full of powerful images of human mortality, repression, and strife. It is fueled by his experiences in his homeland of Columbia.
Jay Milder (http://www.jaymilder.com/)
Jay Milder was born in Omaha, Nebraska, a descendent of the Baal Shem Tov (1698-1760), the patriarch of Hasidism and mystical Judaism and the Hasidic mystic Reb Nacham (1772-1810) of Breslov, who founded a branch of Hasidic Judaism that emphasizes joy and intensity in living life through God. --> Milder showed his first major series, called Subway Runners, in 1960 at the Martha Jackson Gallery in New York City. Then, in the late 1960s, he began a series of approximately 250 fully expressionistic, earth toned, smaller paintings entitled Messiah on the IND and Other Biblical Tales, which was based on themes from the Old Testament. When 40 of these paintings were shown in 1987 in a traveling exhibition that premiered at the Richard Green Gallery in New York City, the renowned art critic Donald Kuspit declared them to be “Impressive enough for me to say…that after Nolde’s biblical pictures, these are the best and most integral group of biblical pictures of the 20th century.”
Nicholas Sperakis, the youngest of the original Rhino Horn artists, was born in New York City. He decided to become an artist when he was nine, upon his first visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, during which he saw a portrait of a soldier holding his helmet by Rembrandt. Sperakis studied on scholarships at the Art Students League from 1961 to 1963, at the Pratt Graphics Art Center from 1960 to 1963, and at the National Academy of Design from 1960 to 1961. In 1963, Sperakis exhibited in the Annual Print Exhibition of Mercy Hurst College in Pennsylvania and won the First Prize Purchase Award. He also had his first one-man exhibition at the Paul Kessler Gallery in Provincetown. In 1964 he was elected into the Society of American Graphic Artists and his work was exhibited in the Brooklyn Museum Print Biennial as well as among the New Acquisitions at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Provincetown.