Approaching 90, Roland Petersen is one of Northern California’s most eminent artists. His career stretches back to the 1950s when he showed his work at the Oakland Museum and went on in the 1960s to show at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor and M.H. deYoung museums, as well as the Crocker Art Gallery in Sacramento.
Born in 1926 in Endelave, Denmark, he spent his adolescent years in San Francisco. In 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After the war he went to Officer’s Candidates School and then transferred to the University of California, Berkeley, where he got his B.A. and M.A. degrees in art in 1949 and 1950 respectively.
In addition to Berkeley, he studied with Hans Hoffman in Provincetown, Mass., and with the printmaker William Stanley Hayter in Paris. From Hoffman, he absorbed the “push/pull” method of abstract painting and from Hayter