Roy DeForest

(American, born 1930, died 2007)

Late artist Roy DeForest created paintings and sculptures. Born in Nebraska, his family relocated to Yakima, Washington after losing thier farm during the Great Depression. He attended Yakima Junior College before moving to San Francisco to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree at the California School of Fine Arts in 1953. He received a Master of Arts degree from San Francisco State College in 1958 after serving in the US Army as a sign painter. He briefly returned to Washington to teach at Yakima Junior College. He began lecturing at University of California Davis in 1965, and became a full professor in 1974. He taught at Davis until his retirement in 1992.