Wolf Kahn


Wolf Kahn Biography

B. 1927 -


Wolf Kahn is widely considered one of America’s most important and influential landscape painters working today. His brilliant use of light and color has not only realized the potential of pastel as a respected medium, but helped forge a new mode of representational painting out of the spontaneity of Abstract Expressionism. His work can be found in most every major museum collection today.

Born in Stuttgart, Germany, Kahn emigrated to the U.S. in 1940 as a child. After his discharge from the Navy, Kahn studied with Hans Hofmann at the famous Hans Hofmann School of Fine Art in New York City – a breeding ground for ambitious painters in the late 1940s. In 1951 Kahn received his B.A. from the University of Chicago. His work continued to evolve through the 1960s attracting national and international attention including both Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Design, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and has served on the New York Arts Commission.