Vostanik Manoog Adoyan (commonly known as Arshile Gorky) created a crucial bridge between Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. He hit on the idea of becoming a great painter by practicing painting in the style of respected artists such Paul Cézanne, Joan Miró, and Pablo Picasso. He was particularly interested in Picasso’s Synthetic Cubism. At the end of the 1920s and into the 1930s he experimented with Cubism, eventually moving to Surrealism. His aim was never to imitate the work of others however, but to learn their from their aesthetic ideas and then evolve beyond it.
From 1926 to 1931 he taught at the Grand Central School of Art and influenced many young artists with his theories about abstraction.