Born in 1953 in Shelbyville, Indiana, Jeffrey Becom earned a BA in architecture from the University of Cincinnati. Exhibiting his work in gallery's worldwide since 1981, Becom uses his background in architecture to capture powerful, nearly abstract images of landscapes, homes and places of worship.
California-based Becom is also a writer, painter and visual anthropologist. With his wife, Sally Aberg, he has authored two award-winning books, Mediterranean Color and Maya Color: The Painted Villages of Mesoamerica (both from Abbeville Press, New York, 1990 and 1997). In 1993 Becom had a retrospective exhibition of oils, watercolors and photographs at The Octagon's American Architectural Foundation galleries in Washington, D.C.
New York Times critic Paul Goldberger calls Becom's images of Mayan villages in Central and South America "poised between the making of art and the documentation of architecture.... [Becom] takes a tiny swath of the vernacular landscape and makes of it a composition with the brilliance and intensity of an abstract painting." Becom's work is included in several private, corporate and museum collections.
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