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Myron Angelo Oliver Biography

Born in Fulton, KS, Oliver moved to Monterey with his family at age two.  His father established the Oliver Art Emporium, which came to be a well-known art supply and frame shop in Monterey.  Myron began painting as a child and studied locally with Lester Boronda and William Merritt Chase.  In 1916 he graduated from the art department of Stanford University.  Oliver received further instruction from Armin Hansen and Clark Hobart, then went to New York to study at the Art Students League under Frank DuMond.  After marrying art student Dorothy Welsh, the Olivers returned to Monterey in 1923 and helped run the family business.  In 1926 he abandoned painting to devote his energies to cabinetwork, gold leaf frames, furniture and other crafts.  An oil painter, Oliver’s specialties were Italian cityscapes, New York scenes, and California landscapes.  Oliver served on the board of directors of the Carmel Art Association from its inception in 1927 and was president five times.