A memorial for Irene Pijoan, who passed away last week after living with breast cancer for a number of years, will be held at the San Francisco Art Institute Sunday, September 26 at 2:00 pm in the Lecture Hall and in Studios 13 and 14.
Pijoan, the daughter of Spanish art historian Jose Pijoan, was born in Switzerland in 1953. She completed her education in the United States, earning a BA and MFA from the University of California, Davis. She began her teaching career at SFAI in 1982 and taught in the Painting Department until recently.
Although Pijoan’s work was well-received and widely shown throughout her career, in her final decade her work achieved a new level of beauty and complexity in a series of large works layering cut papers with painted imagery and reflected light.