Chuck Close American, b. 1940


Chuck Close is best known for his highly inventive techniques used to paint the human face. He rose to fame in the late 1960s for his large-scale, photo-realist portraits.


Chuck CLose was born on July 5, 1940, in Monroe, Washington. Suffering from severe dyslexia, Close did poorly in school but found solace making art. After earning his M.F.A. from Yale in 1964, Close took his place atop the American art world by creating large-scale, photo-realist portraits that have creatively blurred the disctinction between photogaphy and painting.

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