Huc Mazelet Luquiens Biography

Luquiens was born in Auburndale Massachestts in 1881. He spent his formative years in New Haven CT where his father, a native French-speaking Switzerland, headed Yale University's department of romance languages. At Yale, Luquiens earned a bachelor of arts and a Master of fine arts degrees. He also won a fellowship to study at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and the Academie Julien in Paris. As a student in Paris Luquiens made his first etchings working under the guidance of two American artists, George Aid and Donald Shaw Maclaughlin. After Paris Luquiens returned to America's East Coast where he  spent a number of years making a name for himself in portraiture.
In 1917 he travelled to Hawaii and fell in love with the islands vowing to make them his home. He travelled extensively in 1920 visiting Kauai, Maui and Hawaii. Throughout the 1920's Luquiens spent his summers on the Big Island of Hawaii recording the Islands unique landscape.
Luquiens became the first art teacher at the University of Hawaii  in 1924. He also organized the University's art department and established high standards for its  art students.
In 1928 Luquiens along with Alice N. Poole founded the Honolulu's Printmakers, the oldest professional art organization in Hawaii. Luquiens served as the organizations first president.