Ross Bleckner, 68, is a sometimes controversial painter whose works have often revolved around themes of change, loss and remembrance; many of his pieces have dealt with AIDS. (Bleckner is openly gay.) Bleckner’s heyday in the art world was in the 1980s and ’90s, but he burst back on the scene in 2016. In 2009, he was named Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations, the first artist to be so honored. Also, Bleckner has been an active philanthropist, contributing to a variety of causes including those having to do with AIDS.
Sources: Wikipedia and artnet.com
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Photo: The Birdhouse