Robert Natkin was an American artist who was born in 1930 in Chicago, Illinois.
He began his art education at the Art Institute of Chicago, but he soon dropped out to pursue a more experimental approach to painting. In the 1950s, Natkin moved to New York City, where he became associated with the Abstract Expressionist movement.
He was particularly interested in the works of Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Mark Rothko. However, he soon developed his own style, which was characterized by bold, bright colors and energetic brushstrokes.
Natkin’s early works were often described as “color-field” paintings, which emphasized the physical properties of paint and color.
However, as he continued to experiment with different techniques, his paintings became more complex and layered.
Throughout his career, Natkin received many accolades for his work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1970 and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1972. He also exhibited his work widely in the United States and Europe.
Natkin passed away in 2010 at the age of 79, leaving behind a legacy of vibrant and dynamic paintings that continue to inspire and captivate viewers today