Francisco Sainz Folk Art Oil Painting "Self Portrait", 1960
Francisco Sainz (New York/Connecticut/Spain, 1923 – 1998)
Self Portrait, 1960
Oil painting on canvas collage
Signed to the lower right
Title and date inscribed to the verso
Sainz fought in the Spanish Civil War as a teenager and began his studies in painting while living in Barcelona. He moved to New York after World War II to continue pursuing his artistic endeavors, and befriended many New York School painters, including Willem de Kooning, Lester Johnson and Alfred Leslie. His artistic style developed during the 1950s, which exhibited raw, unpolished flamboyance of the Abstract Expressionist movement, but was ultimately steeped in traditional portraiture and Spanish Folk art.
- minor scuffing, discoloration, and accretions to paint and canvas, most visibly at the upper left and upper right regions of painting.