Kenyon College

Roy De Forest (American, 1930-2007)


Roy De Forest is intimately associated with the Funk art movement that emerged from the University of California Davis campus in the 1960s. He began his formal academic study of art at the California School of Fine Arts, now the San Francisco Art Institute, and
finished his Bachelor’s degree at San Francisco State College. De Forest went on to serve in the United States Army, and afterwards continued at San Francisco State to earn his Master’s degree. Already emerging as a prominent painter, De Forest became a Professor of Art at the University of California, Davis, where he worked from 1965 until his retirement in 1992. His work is widely collected and represented in museums such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Harvard University Art Museum.

Roy De Forest, 1975.

photo: Mimi Jacobs, photographer. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.



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