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About the Artist
"Born on June 13, 1934 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ross Stefan developed a love for the arts at an early age. His father, who worked in advertising, provided Stefan with just the right amount of art to wet his lips. By the age of 13 Stefan debuted his first one-man show. Soon after, because of a health, he moved to southern Arizona.
Engulfed in the love for the western atmosphere, Stefan began sketching landscapes. He has been called a self-taught artist, but got encouragement from the Wisconsin illustrator, Dan Muller during several visits. Stefan became an art student at the University of Arizona. During his education he did part time sketching for the Tucson Newspaper. He was especially focused on the work of Norman Rockwell, as an inspiration in technique. It is rumored that Ivan Rosequist of the Rosequist Gallery in Tucson was the encouragement that Stefan needed to blossom as an artist to his fullest potential. Whether or not Rosequist was that influence, by 1955 Ross Stefan took the leap, and began painting full time with a studio and gallery in Tubac, Arizona. That same year, Stefan stayed with the Navajos, using the land and the people as his ongoing trademark.
His paintings became a sensation. In 1971, his New York solo exhibition consisting of 16 oils of Southwestern landscapes and figures, proved to be quite successful with a virtual sell-out the first night. With his later work Stefan became known as an impressionist artist."
excerpted from www.Askart.com submitted by the Hess Fine Art