Josef Bakos

b. 1891– Buffalo, NY
d. 1977– Santa Fe, NM

1912-1916 Albright Art School, Buffalo, NY, where he met Walter Mruk.

1918 –University of Colorado, Boulder– its first art instructor.
1920 –Visited Walter Mruk in Santa Fe and settled there. He was a carpenter and carved furniture for the La Fonda Hotel to earn a living.

1921 –Co-founder and youngest member of Los Cinco Pintores, the first modernist artist group in New Mexico. The group of five young artists formed to promote and to exhibit their work. Their interest in “bringing art to the local people” would resonate years later with the New Deal in New Mexico. The Cinco Pintores, (Bakos, Fremont Ellis, Willard Nash and Will Shuster) were eventually employed as New Deal artists during the Great Depression. Walter Mruk was not.
1921 First exhibition of Los Cinco Pintores in December at the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe.
1923– Los Cinco Pintores exhibit at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
1926 –Los Cinco Pintores disbanded as a group.

1931-33 –taught at the University of Denver.
1940 –taught art at Santa Fe High School for thirty years.

Bakos’ work reflects his admiration of Cezanne’s geometric simplification of pictorial composition. His early and long-term influence within Santa Fe’s emerging artist community established a breadth of artistic vision that has remained fundamental to the artists who have been attracted to the light, the land, and the cultural diversity of northern New Mexico. Bakos’ long career as a teacher may have influenced the creative climate in Santa Fe as much as his art enriched the history of the Santa Fe Artist Colony.

Jozef Bakos’ status as one of the early founders of the Santa Fe Artist Colony has kept his art in demand with collectors.

Federal Art Project:
Blue Shadow on the Hill, (Jozef or Teresa?), Clayton Public Schools, Clayton
Cottonwoods, McKinley County Courthouse, Gallup
Iris, Las Cruces Public Schools, Las Cruces
Autumn Flowers, Melrose Public Schools Superintendent’s Office, Melrose
Valley Scene
Hill Near Chama, New Mexico Tech Library, Socorro

Museums and Exhibitions
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Jonson Gallery of University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, TX
Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM
Stark Museum of Art, Orange, TX
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman. OK
The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX
Whitney Museum of American Art, NY