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Sam Tchakalian

American, (1929–2004)
Sam Tchakalian was a painter, printmaker, and teacher. He was born in Shanghai, China in 1929. His family relocated to California in 1947 and, after serving in the U.S. Army, Tchakalian enrolled in San Francisco City College, where he received his AA degree in 1950, his BA in 1952, and finally his MFA in 1958. He set up his studio in San Francisco in 1957 and taught at the San Francisco Art Institute from 1966 to 2001. His oil paintings, created with a palette knife, reveal layers of color; and are examples of Northern California abstract gestural painting.

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