Frank Cuprien (1871-1948)
Frank Cuprien was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1871. In his home city he studied at the Art Students League, as well as at the Cooper Institute. Further art studies were in Philadelphia, Paris, Munich, and Leipzig.
Following his European travels and studies, Cuprien spent 5 years teaching at Baylor University in Texas before moving to California and settling in Laguna Beach in 1912.
Cuprien is best known for his California coastal paintings, most notably those with the opalescent glow of sunset on the surf. In his day, Cuprien’s home, known as “the Viking” was a popular gathering spot for the Laguna Beach arts community. Upon his death in Laguna Beach in 1948, Frank Cuprien bequeathed the Viking to the Laguna Beach Art Association.