Nathan Oliveira, "Adolescent by the Bed," 1959; painting; oil on canvas, 60 1/4 in. x 60 1/8" Collection SFMOMA, William L. Gerstle Collection, William L. Gerstle Fund purchase; © Estate of Nathan Oliveira
William Grimes reports in the NY Times that Nathan Oliveira, a leading Bay Area artist who achieved national prominence fusing Abstract Expressionism and figuration in psychologically charged canvases that explored human isolation and alienation, died on Saturday at his home in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 81. According to his son Joe, the cause was complications of pulmonary fibrosis and diabetes,
Check out SFMOMA video interviews with Oliveira here.