Jozef Bakos

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Jozef G. Bakos
Born (1891-09-23)September 23, 1891
Buffalo, New York
Died April 25, 1977(1977-04-25) (aged 85)
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Resting place Rosario Cemetery (Santa Fe, NM)
Nationality American
Education John E. Thompson
Alma mater Albright-knox
Known for Painting
Style Modernism
Movement Los Cinco Pintores
Spouse(s) Teresa Bakos

Jozef Bakos (1891–1977) was an American painter of Polish origin, best known for his Western landscapes.

Bakos was one of Los Cinco Pintores, who worked in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Bakos studied art with John E. Thompson at the Albright Art Institute in Buffalo, New York. He later followed Thompson to Colorado and taught at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

In 1920, while the University of Colorado was closed due to an influenza epidemic, Bakos visited Walter Mruk, a childhood friend and artist who was living in Santa Fe while.[1] During his stay he exhibited some paintings together with Mruk at the Museum of Fine Arts. Following his relocation to New Mexico, Bakos worked for the U.S. Forest Service stationed at what is now Bandelier National Monument.[2] The next year Bakos formed an artists' group called "Los Cinco Pintores" (the five painters) with Mruk, Fremont Ellis, Willard Nash, and Will Shuster. Los Cinco Pintores was Santa Fe's first Modernist art group and produced works that depicted specifically American subjects such as the New Mexico landscape, local adobe architecture and Native American ceremonial dances. Bakos was also an accomplished carver and made copies of Spanish Colonial furniture and doors.[3] In 1923 Bakos married another artist, Teresa Bakos, and they spent a good portion of their lives together.[4]

Denver Art Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Stark Museum of Art and the New Mexico Museum of Art hold works made by Bakos in their art collections.[5]


  1. ^ Cunningham, Elizabeth (1983). Masterpieces of the American West : Selections from the Anschutz Collection. Denver, CO: Anschutz Collection. 
  2. ^ Cuba, Stanley L. (1988). Jozef Bakos : An Early Modernist (1891-1977). Santa Fe: Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico. 
  3. ^ Taylor, Lon; Dessa, Bokides (1987). New Mexican Furniture 1600-1940 : The Origins, Survival, and Revival of Furniture Making in the Hispanic Southwest. Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press. p. 223. ISBN 0890131686. 
  4. ^ Flynn, Kathryn (1995). Treasures on New Mexico Trails : Discover New Deal Art and Architecture. Santa Fe, New Mexico: Sunstone Press. p. 199. ISBN 0865342369. 
  5. ^ Lewandowski, Stacia (2011). Light, Landscape and the Creative Quest : Early Artists of Santa Fe. Santa Fe, NM: Salska Arts. p. 163. ISBN 9780615469171.