Born 1930, North Platte, Nebraska
Died 2007, Vallejo, California
Roy DeForest received an associate degree in math and humanities from Yakima Junior College in Washington State (1950), as well as his bachelors and, after service in the Army, his masters degrees from San Francisco State University. He also spent a number of years studying art before attending the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco (now the San Francisco Art Institute). Roy DeForest was one of the original "Humorous Figuration" artists of the early 1960's who, along with Robert Arnesan, Peter Saul, Robert Hudson, and William T. Wiley, established a refuge of eccentric and humorous figurative art in the midst of the formalism and abstraction of the American art establishment. His artwork is part of numerous public art collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Crocker Art Museum of Sacramento, the Hirshhorn Museum of Washington, D.C., and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. DeForest was the subject of a 1974 retrospective, which originated at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and traveled to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York the following year. De Forest served as a professor in the UC Davis Art Department from 1965 until his retirement in 1992.