Wolfgang Paalen was born in Vienna in 1907 of French and Austrian descent. He studied in France, Germany, and Italy and then traveled widely throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. He lived in Paris until 1939 and then in Mexico. He was both a painter of stature and the founding editor of DYN. He died in 1959.
Martica Sawin, critic and art historian, pioneered studies of Wolfgang Paalen’s art and writing in the 1940s and demonstrated its significant influence in her important book, Surrealism in Exile and the Beginning of the New York School.
Deborah M. Rosenthal is Consulting Editor for the series. She is a painter who has shown in New York and nationally during the past twenty-five years. For her writing on art in many journals, including Art in America and Modern Painters, she won an NEA Critic’s Grant. She is Professor of Fine Arts in the School of Fine and Performing Arts of Rider University.