Irving Amen


Born in New York City in 1918, Amen began drawing at the age of four. A scholarship to the Pratt Institute was awarded to him when he was fourteen years old. His first exhibition in woodcut was held at the New School for Social Research and his second at the Smithsonian Institute in 1949 and also exhibited at the Artists House in Jerusalem, the Library of Congress, and the National Academy of Design.

Amen studied in Paris in 1950. Upon his return to the United States, he had one man shows in New York and Washington DC.

He is listed in Mantle Fielding's Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors, and Engravers and the Dictionary of Contemporary American Artists by Paul Cummings. Amen was also a member of the Society of American Graphic Artists. He was elected member of Academic Fiorentina Delle Arti Del Disegno, an organization to which Michelangelo, his idol, belonged.

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