Bay Area native Bruce McGaw was born in Berkeley, California and received his art training and degree at the California College of Arts and Crafts. It was there that he was tutored and mentored by Richard Diebenkorn, a figurehead in the Bay Area abstract expressionist movement. McGaw’s figurative paintings showed angular forms, dissonant colors and bold outlines similar to that of German expressionism. He continued on as a teacher at the San Francisco Art Institute.
2000 John Berggruen Gallery
2004 John Natsoulas Gallery
2008 Walter and McBean Galleries
2009 Fresno Museum of Art
The Oakland Museum of California
Museum of Modern Art, New York