Biography

Benny Andrews (1930- 2006), was an American painter, printmaker, creator of collages and educator. Andrews was one of 10 children of sharecroppers raised in Georgia, during segregation. He was the first in his family to graduate from high school. Andrews then went on to serve in the U.S. Air Force. Afterwards, the G.I. Bill of Rights afforded him training at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His first New York solo show was in 1962. From 1968 to 1997, Andrews taught at Queens College, City University of New York and created a prison arts program that became a model for the nation. Benny Andrews was a figural painter in the expressionist style who painted a diverse range of themes of suffering and injustice, including The Holocaust, Native American forced migrations, and most recently, Hurricane Katrina. Other influences of his work include Surrealism and Southern folk art. His work hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; the Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans,

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