Sam Amato was born in New York City in 1924. He received a BFA from the Pratt Institute in New York in 1952, and held many teaching positions throughout his life.

Recognised mainly as a painter, Amato worked at Gemini Ltd in 1966 to create the work Repeat image of building, which the National Gallery holds in its collection.
Emilie Owens

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Chronology
 

1924
Born in New York, New York, United States of America

1950-52
Teaches at Newark Academy of Arts, New Jersey

1952
Receives Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute of Art, New York; studies at New School of Social Research, New York

1952-54
Teaches at Albright Art School, Buffalo, New York

1954-73
Professor of Art, University of California, Los Angeles

1957-60
Exhibits at the Frank Perls Gallery, Los Angeles

1959
Solo exhibition, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California

1966
Solo exhibition, Laguna Art Association, Laguna Beach, California
Produces lithograph, Repeat image of building, at Gemini GEL, Los Angeles

1973
Solo exhibition, Lang Gallery, Pomona College, Claremont, California

1993
Exhibits at First Independent Gallery (FIG), Santa Monica, California

1994
Solo exhibition, Sam Amato: paintings 1992–94, at FIG, Santa Monica, California

1995
Solo exhibition, Sam Amato: recent paintings, at FIG, Santa Monica, California

1996
Solo exhibition, Sam Amato: recent work–images of Buddha, at FIG, Santa Monica, California

2001
Solo exhibition, Sam Amato: bodhisattvas, poets, lohans, at Rio Hondo College, Whittier, California

2003
Solo exhibition, Sam Amato: new work, at FIG, Santa Monica, California

2010
Solo exhibition, Sam Amato: new paintings–meditations on nature, at FIG, Santa Monica, California

2013
Solo exhibition, Sam Amato: selected work, at FIG, Santa Monica, California. Sam Amato died in California

Barbara Delano © Tyler Graphics Ltd; revised Emilie Owens, 2007; revised Julia Greenstreet, 2013
This chronology provides an overview of selected biographical information, major solo and group exhibitions held within the artist's own lifetime.

Further information will be added to this site as the National Gallery proceeds with its research and documentation.

Last updated September 2014