John Biggers

John Biggers


Nationality: American

John T. Biggers, born in North Carolina in 1924, is an African-American painter, printmaker and sculptor best-known for his social realistic narratives and humanistic depictions of African culture and heritage, often displayed in the form of public murals.

Biggers originally enrolled at Virginia’s Hampton Institute to pursue a career in plumbing but switched gears when he signed up for a drawing class taught by prominent émigré artist, Viktor Lowenfeld, the following year. Lowenfeld, alongside Biggers’s fellow peers Elizabeth Catlett and Charles White, provided an outlet for Biggers to absorb and exchange creative feedback and had a great impact on his development and vision as an artist. In fact, Lowenfeld had so much faith in the young artist’s talents that he selected Biggers’s mural, Dying Soldier, to be included in the “Young Negro Art” exhibition of Hampton students at the Museum of Modern Art in 1943.

Following his studies at Hampton, Biggers served in the Navy for two years then earned his master’s degree in art education, as well as a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in 1948 and 1954. As a student, Biggers produced a series of murals for the university.

Biggers later joined the faculty of Texas State University for Negros in Houston, today known as Texas Southern University, where he spearheaded the art department. He maintained his career as a practicing artist throughout his tenure at the university, participating in various exhibitions throughout the country, earning multiple awards and recognitions for his merit, and spending periods of time traveling Africa. His longest stay lasted six months, when he received a Unesco grant to study Western African cultural traditions in the late 1950s.


John Biggers Original Art Values Sold at Auction

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JOHN BIGGERS (1924-2001) The Three Kings, 1990 Conte crayon 41in. x 60in. Signed lower right  John Biggers is inte
JOHN BIGGERS (1924-2001)The Three Kings, 1990Conte crayon41in. x 60in.Signed lower rightJohn Biggers is inte...
Lot 291
Auction 630
Saturday, June 10, 2006
JOHN BIGGERS (American, 1924-2001) Figures in a Landscape Ink and watercolor on cardboard 12-1/4 x 18-1/4 inches (31
JOHN BIGGERS (American, 1924-2001)Figures in a LandscapeInk and watercolor on cardboard12-1/4 x 18-1/4 inches (31....
Lot 75277
Auction 5026
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
JOHN BIGGERS (American, 1924-2001) Slice of Cotton Harvest, 1995 Oil on canvas 30 x 19-3/4 inches (76.2 x 50.2 cm) S
JOHN BIGGERS (American, 1924-2001)Slice of Cotton Harvest, 1995Oil on canvas30 x 19-3/4 inches (76.2 x 50.2 cm)S...
Lot 64141
Auction 5057
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
JOHN BIGGERS (American, 1924-2001) Untitled (Nude) , 1969 Conte crayon on paper 21-1/2 x 15 inches (54.6 x 38.1 cm)
JOHN BIGGERS (American, 1924-2001)Untitled (Nude) , 1969Conte crayon on paper 21-1/2 x 15 inches (54.6 x 38.1 cm)...
Lot 64170
Auction 5062
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
JOHN BIGGERS (American, 1924-2001) Jubilee, 1998 Lithograph 18 x 45-1/2 inches (45.7 x 115.6 cm) Ed. Artist's proof
JOHN BIGGERS (American, 1924-2001)Jubilee, 1998Lithograph18 x 45-1/2 inches (45.7 x 115.6 cm)Ed. Artist's proof ...
Lot 76090
Auction 5061
Saturday, May 14, 2011

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John Biggers (1924-2001) The Contribution of Negro Women to American Life and Education, 1994 Lithograph in colors on...
John Biggers (1924-2001) The Contribution of Negro Women to American Life and Education, 1994 Lithograph in colors on ... (1)

Auction 191813
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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