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Armin Carl Hansen, N.A. Biography

Born in San Francisco, Hansen received his first art instruction from his father, Herman Hansen, a famous painter of the old West and frontier life.  Armin studied at the Mark Hopkins Institute under Arthur Mathews followed by two years in Stuttgart, Germany at the Royal Academy under Carlos Grethe.  After working as a deckhand to a Norwegian fishing trawler, Hansen returned to San Francisco in 1912 and taught at U. C. Berkeley and the California School of Fine Arts.  Settling in Monterey in 1913, he taught private classes and was instrumental in forming the Carmel Art Institute.  He was elected an associate of the National Academy of Design in 1926 and a National Academician in 1948.  Hansen’s etchings and paintings of marines, coastal scenes, and the fishing industry of the Monterey Peninsula have brought him to the pinnacle of fame in American Art.