|Mylo Quam (1941-1996)|
(From his "official" site:) Mylo Quam was best known for his distinctive oil paintings which blend his strong background in mythology, the classics and religion, with a unique style of expression influenced by his notable wit, intelligence and eroticism. His diverse work, as shown by many of the images on this website, range from light and whimsical, to dense and intensely disturbing. Quam was a self-taught artist with a strong background in Greek and Classical Studies. He was awarded a scholarship in Greek Studies at the age of sixteen to Brandeis University. At seventeen he worked as a translator of Greek plays.
Quam studied Classics at Brandeis, Boston, and New York Universities. He designed sets and costumes for theatre companies including the Actor's Playhouse in NYC, and for ballets including the Lucas Hoving Ballet Company and the Opera Municipal de Marseilles, France. He also created illustrations for The Story of O, published by Grove Press in 1970 and created a series of lithographs in 1975 based on the poem of Rimbaud, Une Saison En Enfer (A Season in Hell).
Mylo Quam had a successful career as an actor on television, and on and off-Broadway for the better part of his twenties. He was cast in a leading role in Royal Hunt of the Sun, on Broadway. He shared the stage with actors that included Jessica Tandy, Katherine Hepburn, and Christopher Plummer. In the late sixties he left the stage and focused primarily on his painting.
Quam’s paintings and collages have been exhibited in many prominent galleries in New York City, San Francisco, Key West and Woodstock. (These Exhibitions are listed on this site with their accompanying announcements that had been collected by the Estate.) His first one-man show was a sell-out at the Boatman Gallery in 1969 - a series of 64 paintings and lithographs on Viet Nam which included the painting "Paco Cruentos" (oil shown in available paintings). In his life-time, Mylo Quam had thirty-five solo shows and thirteen group exhibitions.
Quam’s paintings have been exhibited internationally - he had four international shows before his death in 1996. Mylo's solo exhibition in Haiti was the first by an American artist. Mylo Quam was also one of four artists selected to represent the United States in La Bienale di Venezia, Italia of 1986, the oldest art festival in the world. His last exhibitions were at the prestigious CFM Gallery, NYC in 1995 and 1996. He died in 1996 in his early fifties.
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