Aaron Payne was born and raised in Los Angeles.  After earning a degree in History & Literature from Harvard he decided to do the obvious things…working first in documentary film, and then moving to New York to pursue a career as an art dealer.

Aaron has specialized in American Art since joining Sid Deutsch Gallery on 57th Street in New York in 1989.  In 1991, Aaron became the director of the gallery and participated in the sale and exhibition of important works by American Modernists.

For the last 25 years, aaron payne FINE ART  has specialized in the work of Twentieth Century American masters, focusing primarily on the American Modernists, Stieglitz Circle, American Abstract Artists, African-American Art, Postwar & Contemporary art.  aaron payne FINE ART works with both new and experienced collectors, individuals and institutions, to provide the highest level of quality, scholarship, and service.

In 2006 aaron payne FINE ART opened on Marcy Street in Santa Fe.

Many of the artists the gallery features traveled between New York and Santa Fe, trading techniques and experiences with the artists they met in these cities.  Some of these artists were not in either place, but knew of each other through exhibitions at galleries, museums or the various salons, which featured the art of their day.  I see a connection between all of them.  We are always seeking to highlight the relationships between these artists.

To further this mission the gallery has begun exhibiting the works of the Santa Fe Art Colony, Taos Moderns, and Postwar art.  We have also organized significant exhibitions of these artists, most notably our 2011 exhibition of the modernist painter Cady Wells.

More recently, the gallery has focused on the Washington Color School artists such as Kenneth Noland, Alma Thomas, and Sam Gilliam.

My love of art comes from my parents and from my earliest memories of growing up in Los Angeles.  At home I was surrounded by the artworks of Romare Bearden, David Hammons, Jacob Lawrence, John Outterbridge, Betye Saar and other contemporary African-American artists.

As a child I went to many gallery openings, and many of these artists were friends of my family and guests in our home.

The artworks on this website reflect my personal experiences, education, and travels through the art world.

Over the years we have worked as advisors to private, corporate and public collections.  We are also pleased to provide appraisal services as well as consultation and referral services for framing and conservation of fine art.

We are always actively looking to purchase quality artwork.  Your inquiries are welcome.