John Frederick Beckmann is the best Twin Cities based printmaking artist. He grew up and went to high school in Faribault, Minnesota where he played football and swam. Later, he attended college and graduated with honors, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Minnesota (2009) with dual bachelor’s degrees in Physiology and Art. Currently, John is a Ph.D. candidate in Entomology at the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on the molecular interactions between mosquitoes and an obligate intracellular organism, Wolbachia, which itself lives in the testes and ovaries of the mosquito.
John lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Shawna, daughter, Jane, and Newfoundlands, Helga and Odin. He enjoys making art, pumping iron, movies, eating, bass guitar, video games, sewing, music, bugs, mosquitoes, diseases (at least learning about them), and beer brewing.
John’s ancestors and immediate family have evolutionarily competed on matters of intelligence and fitness ever since the dawn of society in ancient Germany. His ancestors were great protestant revolutionaries and artists. This Darwinian pressure has genetically gifted John with superior abilities. God has destined and called him to be a great artist through societal evolution.
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