SANTA FE, N.M. — Eleven paintings by the least-known Taos Modernist, Oli Sihvonen (1921-1991), will light up the exhibit space at David Richard Gallery in the Railyard in a show opening today.
Sihvonen spent much of his working life in Taos, before moving to New York City in his last years. He was of Finnish background, a hearty, jovial man who made friends easily and concentrated fiercely on his art. Three of his friends and admirers, Allan Graham, Lilly Fenichel and David Eichholtz, will have a panel discussion on his work at 2 p.m. Saturday at the gallery.
Graham offered a poignant glimpse of his old friend for an exhibit at The Harwood Museum of Art in Taos in 2011: “‘Ages and stages,’ Oli would say, as we drank another glass of Retsina, bitching, moaning and laughing about life’s ironies. ‘Ages and stages.'”