Theme/Style Modernism, figurative art
Media Oils, murals
Artistic Focus A self-taught Modernist, Benjamin Vaganov sometimes worked under the pseudonym “Venia.” His early work in California’s lumber and mining industries proved to be a significant influence on the artist’s life and paintings, whose texture often suggests an application of paint intended to convey Vaganov’s reverence for their subjects by creating the sensation of a natural substance.
• Born in Tsarist Russia, Benjamin Vaganov left
his homeland to escape the dangers of the Revolution, living for several
years in China before coming to the United States in 1923.
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