Paul Valentine Lantz

b. 1908 –Stromberg, Nebraska
d. 2000 –Santa Fe, New Mexico

Education
Kansas City Art Institute –student, later instructor
National Academy of Design, NYC
Art Students League, NYC
1926 –studied in Europe
1929-1939 –Santa Fe, working with artist Randall Davey, a former teacher from the Kansas City Art Institute (1921-1924), who had moved to Santa Fe and had been a member of the Taos Society of Artists since 1921. Davey accepted a Treasury Section commission to paint a mural for New Mexico Military Institute.
Murals
Perhaps his former teacher inspired Lantz’ interest in mural painting because he painted several murals:
La Fonda Hotel, Santa Fe, NM –two murals in the ballroom, as well as paintings throughout the public areas of the hotel.
Los Poblanos, Albuquerque, NM Lantz painted the women’s changing room.
United Nations Building, NYC.
March Field Air Force Base, California.
Jefferson Barracks in Missouri
Murals in San Francisco (locations unknown)

Lantz is best known as a successful Santa Fe book illustrator and a painter of landscapes and portraits. He illustrated over 35 books, most are children’s books:
The Matchlock Gun, Walter D. Edmonds (Dodd-Mead & Co. New York), 1941. Newberry Medal Award Winner (1942).
Navajo Sister, Evelyn Sibley Lampman (Doubleday and Co.), 1956.
Little Navajo Bluebird, Ann Nolan Clark (Viking Press), 1943.

1942 enlisted in US Army in WWII, (illustrator)
1946 –moved to San Francisco, CA.
Lantz also lived and painted in the Midwest, California, New York, as well as New Mexico. He traveled widely to Mexico, Central America, England, Ireland, and the Philippines. Paul Lantz maintained homes in New York and Santa Fe.

Collections
La Fonda Hotel, Santa Fe, NM
Los Poblanos estate of Albert Simms, Albuquerque, NM

Treasury Section mural commission:
1931 – U.S. Post Office at Clovis, NM

Federal Art Projects
Gallup, NM (1938-1939)
University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque
Raton, NM
Washington, DC

Museums
Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM
New York Historical Society, NYC
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC,
Old Stone Fort Museum of Schoharie, NY;
Wichita Art Museum, KS

Exhibitions
Corcoran Gallery Biennial
New York World’s Fair
San Francisco’s World’s Fair
460 Park Ave Galleries

Private Collections
Mrs. Marshall Field
Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.