A native of Portland Oregon, Richard Clifford Diebenkorn was an American whose work is primarily considered to be a part of the Abstract Expressionism School. He is also associated with the Bay Area Figurative Movement of the mid-twentieth Century.
Over the course of his career Richard Clifford Diebenkorn experimented with many styles. Some of his early work was considered to be of a representational style. Later in his career, while living in cities across the country, he developed his own distinct style of Abstract Expressionism, a movement which was then gaining worldwide interest and acclaim.
His evolution as an artist continued through the 1940's and 1950's. In 1952, he was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Mexico. It is during this time he fully developed his Abstract Expressionist style.
Through the middle of the 1950's and 1960's, he became an important member among the Bay Area Figurative Movement. He was a particular admirer of Matisse and after visiting some of his paintings that were hung in museums in the Soviet Union, his style further evolved.
His most famous paintings are contained in the Ocean Park series, named for a location near his Santa Monica studio.