Robert Hansen  (American, 1924) 

Robert Hansen (American, b.1924) is an American artist. Hansen was born in Osceola, NE, and studied art at the University of Nebraska. He is known for his unique approach to painting. Hansen often worked with thick, industrial paint and lacquer. He painted on wood panels that were laid on the floor. In the beginning of his career, he started by covering the surface in black paint. Once dry, Hansen would pour the thickened industrial paint onto the panel and let it run slowly. Sometimes he would use a brush to move the paint, and other times he would allow it to run. This created the raised shapes with hard edges that became one of his signatures. Hansen primarily worked in a black-and-white color palette but added reds and warmer tones later in his career.

In 1948, Hansen traveled to Mexico, where he attended a lecture given by noted muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros (Mexican, 1896–1974). Siqueiros was using a new medium, called Duco, which was a shiny lacquer designed for use on appliances and automobiles. Hansen was intrigued and began using the glossy lacquer when he returned to the United States. He applied the same pouring technique and created human-like forms. Worm is a typical example of his work. The painting features a figure perched atop a winding snakelike shape. The piece was created with Duco lacquer poured onto Masonite.

Hansen later returned to Mexico and attended the Escuela Universitaria de Bellas Artes where he obtained his master's degree. He was inspired by Mexican mural painting and studied under Alfredo Zalce (Mexican, 1908–2003) from 1951 to 1952. His pieces evolved into busier compositions with overlapping figures and less empty space. Man-Men 105 is an example of such a piece. This painting features many Abstract figures and body parts arranged around a human like form. Hansen moved to Los Angeles, CA, and was featured in 14 solo exhibitions. His paintings were shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 1961, the artist received a Guggenheim Fellowship and traveled to India and Asia. He spent many years teaching in Hawaii and Mexico, and he currently resides in California.

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Robert Hansen, Family 1


Robert Hansen
Family 1

Noho Modern
Robert Hansen, Mama Mudra


Robert Hansen
Mama Mudra

Noho Modern
Robert Hansen, Two Alone


Robert Hansen
Two Alone

Noho Modern
Robert Hansen, Man-Men 142


Robert Hansen
Man-Men 142

Noho Modern
Robert Hansen, Man-Men 160


Robert Hansen
Man-Men 160

Noho Modern
Robert Hansen, Man-Men 105


Robert Hansen
Man-Men 105

Noho Modern
Robert Hansen, Chac Mul (Black)


Robert Hansen
Chac Mul (Black)

Noho Modern
Robert Hansen, Worm Galaxy


Robert Hansen
Worm Galaxy

Noho Modern
Robert Hansen, Chac Mul (Brown)


Robert Hansen
Chac Mul (Brown)

Noho Modern
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Robert Hansen, Man-men 135 (+ Mirror #10; 2 works)


Robert Hansen
Man-men 135 (+ Mirror #10; 2 works), 1960
lacquer on masonite


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1924   Born in Osceola, Nebraska
1948   Attended University of Nebraska; AB, BFA
1949   MFA: Escuela Universitaria de Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
1951 - 1952   Studied mural painting with Alfredo Zalce -- Executed 3 murals in public buildings; University of Michoacan, Morelia, Mexico
1949 - 1955   Professor: Bradley University
1955 - 1956   Professor: University of Hawaii
1959   Professor (summer): Instituto Allende, Mexico
1960   Professor (summer): Instituto Allende, Mexico
1961 - 1962   Guggenheim Fellowship: India and Southeast Asia
1961 - 1962   Fulbright “senior research” grant: India (Painting, bronze casting)
1965   Tamarind Lithography Workshop Fellowship
1956 - 1987   Professor: Occidental College
  Permanent Collections:
Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Long Beach Museum of Art, Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego, Princeton University, University of Nebraska, and numerous private collections.
1982   Oranges/Sardines Gallery (solo)
1982   USC Galleries
1981   Oranges/Sardines Gallery (solo)
1980   Solo invitational, Kresge Art Gallery, Michigan State University (solo)
1978   Tamarind-printed livre de luxe Satan's Saint exhibited in UCLA's Word and Image show
1976   Brand Gallery, Glendale (solo)
1976   Bradley University
1975   Graphics Gallery (drawing and lithographs), San Francisco (solo)
1957 - 1975   14 solo shows in Los Angeles: Ferus gallery, Bertha Lewinson, Huysman, and Comara Gallery
1973   Los Angeles Municipal Gallery
1969 - 1971   The New Vein: Toured museums in the capitals of Europe and South America
1967   Long Beach Museum of Art
1966   Carnegie (Pittsburgh) International
1964   Whitney Annual
1964   Castellane Gallery, New York City (solo)
1962   Whitney Annual
1961   Museum of Modern Art Painting USA: The Figure
1961   Carnegie (Pittsburgh) International
  International Art Program of the U.S. State Department