American Photo-realist painter John C. Kacere is best known for his depiction of sexy women. Born in the small town of Walker, Iowa, he did his first professional work at the age of 12 painting signs. He attended art school in Chicago focusing on Commercial Art in the beginning, but shifting his focus towards fine art as he gained exposure to museums and galleries in Chicago. John Kacere became interested in the works of artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Vincent Van Gogh, and Edgar Degas. During World War II while stationed in an California, Kacere began studying the Modern European artists at that time such as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Paul Klee.
In the late 1940’s, John Kacere attended the University of Iowa and earned his Masters in Fine Arts. He began his career as an abstract artist but developed into a more realistic art form. His work is often labeled as photo or hyper-realistic due to his high attention to detail. He moved to Winnipeg, Canada and began teaching in 1950 at the University of Manitoba. He has also taught at Arizona State University, University of Florida, the University of New Mexico and the Parsons School of Design in New York. His work depicting the female form, although criticized by feminists, has received acclaim worldwide. John Kacere states “Woman is the source of all life, the source of regeneration,” he has said. “My work praises that aspect of womanhood.”