Michael Ponce de Leon

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Michael Ponce de Leon
Born(1922-07-04)July 4, 1922
Miami, Florida
Died(2006-01-23)January 23, 2006
Known forPainting, printmaking

Michael Ponce de Leon (1922-2006) was an American printmaker and painter.


Ponce de Leon was born on July 4, 1922, in Miami, Florida. His early life and education was in Mexico City. There he studied at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and the University of Mexico City. During World War II he served in the United States Army Air Forces.[1] After the war he located in New York City where he studied at the Art Students League of New York, the National Academy of Design, and the School of the Brooklyn Museum.[2]

In 1966 he had a solo exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.[3] In 1967 Ponce de Leon received a of Guggenheim Fellowships[4]

Ponce de Leon taught at a variety of colleges and universities from 1953 through 1980 including the Art Students League, Columbia University, Cooper Union, Hunter College, New York University, Pratt Institute, the Pratt Graphic Art Center, and Vassar College.[1] His prints and paintings are in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago,[5] the Museum of Modern Art,[6] the National Gallery of Art,[7] the Smithsonian American Art Museum,[8] and the Walker Art Center.[9]

Ponce de Leon died in Mexico on January 23, 2006.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Michael Ponce de Leon Biography". Annex Galleries Fine Prints. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Michael Ponce de León". National Gallery of Art. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  3. ^ Ponce de Leon, Michael (1966). Ponce de Leon: [exhibition] presented by the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Washington Print Club, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Nov. 6-Dec. 11, 1966. Corcoran Gallery of Art. OCLC 008695967. Retrieved 4 March 2020 – via WorldCat.
  4. ^ "Michael Ponce de León". John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Michael Ponce de Leon". The Art Institute of Chicago. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Michael Ponce De Leon". The Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Heritage". National Gallery of Art. 17 May 1960. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Michael Ponce De Leon". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Michael Ponce de Leon". Walker Art Center. Retrieved 4 March 2020.

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