John A. O’Connor, a practicing professional artist, was born in Twin Falls, Idaho in 1940. He studied art at Sacramento City College (with Greg Kondos and Wayne Thiebaud), California State University, Sacramento (with Fred Schmid), Mexico City College, D.F. (now University of the Americas-with John Golding), and the San Francisco Art Institute (with James Weeks). He received an AB with Honors ( 1961) and an MAA ( 1963) from the University of California, Davis (with Joseph Baird, Theophilus Brown, Roland Petersen, Wayne Thiebaud, and William T. Wiley).
He subsequently taught art at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Blake College, Valle de Bravo, Mexico; Ohio University, Athens; and at the University of Florida, Gainesville until 2005, where he became Professor of Art, Emeritus.
John has had 36 solo exhibitions of his paintings, including a number of retrospectives, and has participated in more than 200 group exhibitions. He has received numerous awards and honors including a National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Arts Federation Fellowship, and several State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowships. His work is included in a many public, university, college, corporate and private collections nationwide. Now halfway through his sixth decade producing paintings, drawings, and prints, he is continuing to explore new ideas, methods, and techniques.