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Fritz Scholder (1937-2005) Born in Breckenridge, Minnesota, Scholder became an
outstanding portrait, figure, and genre painter in Arizona. His father was part Native
American and Scholder made Native American figures and imagery the focus of his art; at
time displaying appreciation and contempt towards that part of his lineage.
Scholder was enrolled at the University of Kansas, Wisconsin State University, and with
Wayne Thiebaud at Sacramento College in California. He earned an Master of Fine Arts
Degree from the University of Arizona. A long-time resident of Scottsdale, Arizona, he has
filled a number of artist-in-residence positions including Dartmouth College and the
Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute.
In a “New York Times” interview conducted August 12, 2001, Scholder said that in spite of
the death-related items with which he surrounds himself, “I consider myself a natural
optimist which might be surprising, because I like the dark side of things. That’s simply
because of intellectual curiosity. I celebrate each day. I truly wake up happy every
morning.”
Fritz Scholder passed away February 10, 2005 at age 67 in Scottsdale, Arizona and a
memorial service was held at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. He was married to Lisa
Markgraf Fisher and had one son. In his artwork, death had been a constant
preoccupation for Scholder. He said, “Death is completely fearful, a terrible violence that
intrudes into what people believe. It’s not what I want to think about, but it’s there and is
either the worst practical joke in creation or the fault of whoever made all this up.”

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