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Born in New York City in 1931, Cunningham grew up in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard College in 1953. After two years as a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, he attended the Art Students League of New York, where he studied painting with Edwin Dickinson and drawing and anatomy with Robert Beverly Hale. Cunningham has had one-man shows in Washington, Chicago and New York, where he exhibited at the Waverly, Salpeter and Hirschl and Adler galleries. He has had one-man shows in Stockholm and Copenhagen and has participated in group exhibitions extensively in the U.S. He taught for eighteen years at the Brooklyn Museum Art School and for three years at the Art Students League. In 1980 he co-founded the New Brooklyn School of Life Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, Inc. with the sculptor Barney Hodes. In 1983 they co-founded the New York Academy of Art. Among other awards, Cunningham received in 2004 Artist Equity’s Benjamin West Clinedinst Medal for “the achievement of exceptional artistic merit.” He was elected Academician of the National Academy of Design in 1994. Cunningham currently maintains studios in NYC and Mill River, Massachusetts. His work includes landscape, still-life and the human figure.




Still Life