Larry GreenEye (born 1943)

Larry GreenEye (born Greenberg) grew up in Los Angeles, the youngest of five children. His parents divorced and after his father died Larry, aged five, was placed in an orphanage. At seventeen, he dropped out of high school and joined the Navy. GreenEye spent the next four years on an aircraft carrier, mostly in his room, making art. After the service he bought a psychedelic art gallery in downtown Los Angeles and spent his free time creating distinctive pieces of jewelry and sculptures from found objects. He married Feather Meston who encouraged him to go further with his art. In the spirit of the 1960s they changed their last name to GreenEye. In the early 1970s, disillusioned with American society, GreenEye, his wife, and newborn son traveled in a van through Europe and the Middle East. Pursuing a spiritual quest, they headed for India and Nepal. While at a Tibetan Buddhist retreat in Nepal, GreenEye suffered a schizophrenic break. He eventually returned to Los Angeles where his brother could supervise his care. In 1996 GreenEye and his son, Daja Wangchuk Meston were reunited after 25 years. Daja encouraged his father to return to his art and continues to send him art supplies. GreenEye’s work reveals a gentle soul with a longing for connection. His drawings, which often include text, focus on the relationships between men and women and the complexity of the human spirit. The drawings are both heart wrenching and humorous. A prolific artist, GreenEye currently lives in a group home in Los Angeles where he spends the majority of his time making art.

For more information on the artist we recommend the compelling memoir by his son, Daja Wangchuk Meston, "Comes the Peace: My Journey to Forgiveness."

Click here to read remarks about Larry GreenEye by renowned Boston artist, Maxine Yalovitz-Blankenship.

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