(1891-1977) A significant contributor to modernism in the American Southwest, Josef Bakos was a member of "Los Cinco Pintores," Spanish for "The Five Painters", the first artist group in New Mexico devoted to modernism and bringing art to the people of New Mexico. Bakos was the son of Polish immigrants and grew up in Buffalo, New York. He studied at the Art School at the Albright Art Gallery with John Thompson, who introduced him to Cezanne whom he emulated and learned from throughout his career. In 1918, Bakos followed Thompson to Denver, Colorado and worked as an art teacher in Boulder. In 1920, Bakos settled in Santa Fe, where he first earned money by carving furniture for La Fonda Hotel and in 1921 founded "Los Cinco Pintores" with Walter Mruk, Willard Nash, Will Shuster, and Fremont Ellis.