As a young veteran of WWII, Dan Teis moved to Mexico to study art at the Escuela
de Pintura y Escultura under the Mexican muralist, José Clemente Orosco.
He would go on to earn a doctorate in Arts Administration from NYU. He served as
Dean of the Arkansas Art Center, and later as Chair of the Fine Arts Department at
the University of Delaware.
His technique, acrylic and paper collage on canvas, achieves complex textures and
subtle color variation. He moves from bold colors and geometric shapes, to softly
muted abstractions. Over the years, artistic influences included: Mexican muralist
painters José Clemente Orosco and Diego Rivera; American abstract collage artists
Lee Krasner and William Dole; Abstract Expressionists Paul Klee, Jackson Pollock
and others; and later in his career, Japanese kimono design.
Dan Teis' paintings can be seen in many galleries, homes, and corporate and public
spaces in the US and abroad. If you would like more information about Dan Teis, please
contact his daughter, Kyra Teis.
Of special note: If you own a Teis painting that dates between 1995 and 2002, we
would like to hear from you. We are very lucky to have excellent an record of his
work. After his death, we compiled slides of over 900 of his paintings from 1945
- 1995. Unfortunately, slides from the last five years are lost. We would like to
recreate those years from digital photos if possible.
1924 - 2002
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