Florida Artists

A list of resources to study artists native to Florida

Florida Art and Culture

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Arthur Dillard

James Rosenquist

"Living in the Plains, you'd see surreal things; you'd see mirages. I'm sitting on the front porch, as a little kid at sunset, and the sun is in back of me, and walking across the horizon is a Trojan horse four stories tall. I go "Uh oh—what's that?" So I run into the house and say, "Look! Look at the big horse!" It was the neighbor's white stallion, which had got loose, caught the light in the heat, and it looked four stories tall. These kinds of little things make, I think, the curiosity, or the inquisitiveness, that make and artist."

- Rosenquist (1)

The Florida Highwaymen Artists


The Florida Highwaymen Artists were the beginning of Florida's contemporary art tradition, and are credited for the beginning of the "Indian River School" art movement. They developed their own individual techniques and captured waterscapes, backcountry marshes, and inlets the way they were before recent tourism develpments. From the beginning, there were people who collected Florida Highwayman art and paintings. However only in recent years has the recognition of their skill and their story caused their paintings to skyrocket in value. In 2004, twenty-six individuals were inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame as "Florida Highwaymen."

The following is a list of the Florida Highwaymen Artists:

Curtis Arnett
Hezekiah Baker †
Al Black
Ellis Buckner †
George Buckner †
Robert Butler
Mary Ann Carroll
Johnny Daniels †
Willie Daniels
Rodney Demps
James Gibson
Alfred Hair †
Issac Knight
Robert L. Lewis
John Maynor
Roy McLendon
Alfonso Moran †
Harold Newton †
Lemuel Newton
Sam Newton
Livingston Roberts †
Willie Reagan
Cornell Smith
Charles Walker
Sylvester M. Wells
Charles Wheeler

† deceased

Florida Highwaymen Artist Spotlight
Everglades Fire Sky Painting by Mazz

Florida Art History