Wayne Thiebaud

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Pop Artist
Date of Birth November 15, 1920
Place of Birth Mesa, Arizona
Age 100 years old
Horoscope Scorpio

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Wayne Thiebaud is an American painter widely known for his colorful works depicting commonplace objects—pies, lipsticks, paint cans, ice cream cones, pastries, and hot dogs—as well as for his landscapes and figure paintings. Thiebaud is associated with the pop art movement because of his interest in objects of mass culture, although his early works, executed during the fifties and sixties, slightly predate the works of the classic pop artists. Thiebaud uses heavy pigment and exaggerated colors to depict his subjects, and the well-defined shadows characteristic of advertisements are almost always included in his work.

Born: Morton Wayne Thiebaud, November 15, 1920, Mesa, Arizona
Nationality: American
Education: Sacramento State College, San Jose State College, Sacramento State
Known for: Painting, Printmaking
Movement: Pop Art, New Realism, Bay Area Figurative Movement
Awards: National Medal of Arts (1994)

About Wayne Thiebaud

Pop artist who painted Americana-style, nostalgic objects such as pastries, boots, ice cream cones, toilets, toys, and lipstick.

Before Fame

He worked as an in-betweener at the Walt Disney Studios during one of his high-school summers, during which he handled artistic duties on Goofy, Pinocchio, and Jiminy Cricket. He attended the University of California, Davis, and California State University, Sacramento.


He received the National Medal of Arts in 1994.

Family Life

He was born in Mesa, Arizona and raised in Long Beach, California. He had two children with his first wife, Patricia Patterson, and a son named Paul with his second wife, Betty Jean Carr.


He was influenced by Franz Kline.

Information related to Wayne Thiebaud

  • American pop artists
  • First Motion Picture Unit personnel
  • California State University, Sacramento alumni
  • San Jose State University alumni
  • United States National Medal of Arts recipients
  • Members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters
  • University of California, Davis faculty
  • Painters from California
  • 20th-century American printmakers
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