John Kacere

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John Kacere
Born John Kacere
(1920-06-23)23 June 1920
Walker, Iowa, USA
Died 5 August 1999(1999-08-05) (aged 79)
Nationality American
Education M.F.A., University of Iowa
Known for Painting
Movement Photorealism
Patron(s) Louis K. Meisel

John C. Kacere (June 23, 1920, Walker, Iowa – August 5, 1999, Cedar Rapids, Iowa) was an American artist. Originally an Abstract-Expressionist, Kacere adopted a photorealist style in 1963. Nearly all of his photorealist paintings depict the midsection of the female body. He is considered one of the original photorealists,[1] although he rejected the term.

Kacere painted his first photorealist painting in 1969 involving the midsection of a woman dressed in lingerie. It was over three times life size.[2] Kacere continued this type of painting throughout the rest of his career, making it an icon of the photorealism movement.[3] In the early 1980s he branched away from this theme and included the entire body of a woman in lingerie, but returned to his original midsection of the female body in 1988.[2] Kacere's paintings are figurative but still can be considered still lifes or even landscapes.[3]


  1. ^ Meisel, Louis K. Photorealism. New York: Harry N. Abrams Publisher, Inc., 1980, pp. 458-465.
  2. ^ a b Meisel, Louis K. Photorealism Since 1980, Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1993, p. 249
  3. ^ a b Meisel, Louis K. Photorealism at the Millennium, Harry N. Abrams, New York, 2003, p. 155