Bio: Mark Rothko was born to Russian parents who immigrated to Portland Oregon in 1910. Rothko attended Yale University on a full scholarship and then moved to New York City.
Rothko was given his first one-man exhibition in 1933 at the Museum of Art in Portland. His first in New York exhibition was held a few months later at the Contemporary Arts Gallery and included
landscapes, portraits, nudes and city scenes.
During the 1930s to 1946 Rothko's oil and watercolor paintings reflected his interest in Greek mythology and Christian tragedy. He was undoubtedly influenced by the
SurrealistsMir� and Andr� Masson.
In 1940, Rothko and some colleagues became founding members of the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors and in 1945 he was given a one-man exhibition at Peggy Guggenheim's gallery Art of This Century featuring his surrealist works.
However, by 1947 Rothko all elements of surrealism or mythic imagery were absent from his works, and compositions of indeterminate shapes emerged, which were to become his signature style. In 1970 Rothko committed suicide in his studio.