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Expressionist artist Miriam Beerman was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1923, and has now been  creating art for over 60 years. Her formal artistic training began when she studied painting under John Frazier (American, 1899-1966) at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), earning a BFA degree in 1945.
Frazier, one of the most beloved instructors and directors in the school s history, ʼ instilled in Beerman a fondness for paint and working in an abstract style. After RISD, Beerman had a brief stint at the Art Students League in New York. At the League, Yasuo Kuniyoshi (American, b. Japan, 1893-1953) provided Beerman with the objective teaching style under which she flourished—a learning experience focused on mastering materials, not how or what to create. Kuniyoshi was known for his paintings and drawings of solemn, contemplative images in somber colors and filled with symbolism. His figural compositions featured poignant images of human suffering brought on by World War II. Beerman continued her artistic training with a foray into printmaking instruction during a year of study with Abstract Expressionist Adja Yunkus (American, b. Russia, 1900-1983) at the New School for Social Research.