Bill Georgenes: A Serendipitous Life in Art

Santa Fe Artist Bill Georgenes talks about his life and work.  An orphan from age 12, Bill worked his way through the Massachusetts School of Art and the Yale School of Art.  His life intersects with some of the great figures of mid 20th century art including Josef AlbersNeil Welliver (known to Bill and his friends as Wheel Nelliver for his tendency to wheel and deal), Robert Mangold,  Mirko Basaldella, and Walter Gropius, an Albers friend from the Bauhaus school.  Bill studied with Albers, worked for him and sold him his now famous collection of pre columbian art.  The youngest child of a mother who had tuberculosis when he was born, Bill spent his first four years of confined to the attic of his family’s Boston home.  After his mother’s death in 1933, Bill was placed in a sanatorium for another eight years. He barely spoke English, had no toys, but began his art career drawing comic books for the adult residents.  He sold them for ten cents each.  Since coming to Santa Fe in 1988, Bill has compensated for his lack of childhood toys by making intricate, playful sculptures that are wildly abundant in toys.  Bill’s dot paintings are also amazing.  See below…

Listen to the show (21 min)

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Here are some images of Bill’s sculptures and paintings…

An example of the work bill was doing when he got the offer to go to Yale Art School in the 1950s

And click here for a great Vimeo of Bill.

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2 Responses to Bill Georgenes: A Serendipitous Life in Art

  1. nancy udell says:

    Isn’t Bill amazing? What a great life and what wonderful work. What do you think?

    • Bill is an artist through and through. I’ve known him since the 1960s, when he was living in Boston and hanging out with sculptor-painter Kahlil Gibran. I’ve owned many of Bill’s works and each shows his genius connection to color, form and movement. Patricia Jobe Pierce, Pierce Galleries, Nantucket, MA

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