Born in 1927 in Nashville, Tennessee, Margaret has always loved to paint and draw since an early age. She first made her paintings famous in San Francisco’s North Beach in the 1950s.
Margaret’s work drew little accolades from art critics but was loved and admired by the world. Andy Warhol said, “I think what Keane has done is terrific! If it were bad, so many people wouldn’t like it.” Margaret went on to become one of the most successful living artist in the early 60s. Margaret’s art gained wide favor and started a big-eyed movement in the early 60s, influencing a large crop of big-eyed artist such as Lee, Gig, Maio, Ozz Franca, Igor Pantuhoff, and Eve.
Margaret has created a legacy of Big Eyes influencing many toy designs and cartoons, such as Little Miss No Name Dolls, Blythe dolls the cartoon Powerpuff Girls, created by Craig McCracken. And more recently numerous illustrators, New Contemporary and Pop Surrealism artist such as, Yoshitomo Nara, Mark Ryden, and Tim Burton.
One of Margaret’s favorite artists is Amedeo Modigliani, and his art has had a major influence in the way she’s painted women since circa 1959. Throughout the years Margaret has also been influenced by Van Gogh, Henri Rousseau, Leonardo da Vinci, Gustav Klimt, Edgar Degas, Picasso, Sandro Botticelli and Paul Gauguin. Each of these artist have influenced Margaret’s use of color, dimension and composition.
Along with these great and awe inspiring artists, Margaret’s own creative genius of Big Eyes
and women has continued to influence and inspire countless artist today. Adored by
fans and collectors Worldwide, at 87 years old, Margaret continues to paint almost daily in Northern California. Margaret is one of the most prolific and influential artists ever, and is an
American Icon and Modern Master.