Roy De Forest (11 February 1930-18 May 2007) was an American painter known for his comic-like patchwork regionalist (California) style, often depicting dogs & other figurative content in his art. Born in North Platte, Nebraska, De Forest grew up in Yakima, Washington and attended junior college there. He then attended San Francisco Art Institute and earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree at San Francisco State University.
His first show was in 1955. He taught at the University of California, Davis, from 1965 to 1992. A retrospective organized by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art toured in 1975. He lived in Port Costa, California late in life and died Vallejo, California.