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Bisttram, Emil

Born: 1895 Died: 1976

American - Left native Hungary at age 7, and traveled with his family to New York. 1930: Visited Taos, New Mexico for 3 months. 1931: permanent residence in Taos, New Mexico

Age 21: started his own commercial art business

Taught at New York School of Fine and Applied Art & at Master Institute of the Roerich Museum in New York.

Lifelong interest in mysticism in art.

Opened his Taos School of Art in 1932.

Commissioned to create murals (WPA), including Taos Courthouse murals (1933), New Justice Building of Washington, DC (1936) & Ranger, Texas Post Office Mural (1937).

Biographical Notes
Emil Bisttram's work of the 1930s and 1940s was influenced by theorist Jay Hambridge's "Dynamic Symmetry" and Wassily Kandinsky's use of geometric shapes.