Everett Raymond Kinstler

American, 1926 - 2019

One of America’s most respected modern portrait artists, native New Yorker Everett Raymond Kinstler has painted more presidents of the United States than any other artist, as well as more than 500 commissioned portraits of U.S. cabinet members and celebrity actors. Educated as an illustrator at the Art Students League in New York City, Kinstler began his career as a pulp, magazine, and book cover artist in the 1950s. It wasn’t until 1959 that he had his first major exhibition of portraits and landscapes at Grand Central Art Galleries in New York, and, by 1963, portraits were his main interest.

More than 50 of Kinstler’s works may be found in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum in New York, as well as in the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, and the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware. He has been awarded the coveted Copley Medal of Honor by the Smithsonian, and two honorary doctoral degrees.