American painter and printmaker, Sam Francis was born in San Mateo, California in 1923. In 1944 he began studying privately under Davis Park and by 1950, he had earned a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley. During this period, Francis experimented with different styles, most notably Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism.
Influenced by Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still and Jackson Pollock, Francis developed his own unique styles during the late 1940s. He traveled to Japan in the late 1950s, subsequently his later works seem to contain the influence of Oriental art. Francis is best known for his paintings, but he was also an accomplished printmaker and sculptor. His works have been exhibited internationally for over fifty years. Francis died in Santa Monica, California in 1994.