Boyer Gonzales

(American, born 1909, died 1987)

Late artist and teacher Boyer Gonzales received a degree in architecture in 1931 from the University of Virginia with the idea that it would strengthen his painting. He continued to study art at the Art Students League in New York. He taught art at the University of Texas before accepting a teaching position at the University of Washington School of Art in Seattle in 1954. He became professor emeritus in 1979 and lived in the Seattle area until his death. Gonzales served in the United States Army Air Corps from 1942-1945.

Gonzales wrote “ work stems from visual experiences, but it is not representational in the traditional sense. I strive to build “form-life” that allows the painting to exist for itself and have a spirit of its own.”