Born in Melbourne, Sam Atyeo, 1910-90, first studied architecture before attending the National Gallery School. Atyeo (also an interior designer), was a modernist, and is attributed to being one of the first artists in Australia to work in the abstract tradition. In Melbourne during the 1930s, Atyeo completed a number of abstractions reflecting the influence of Paul Klee (see Organised line to yellow, c1933, National Gallery of Australia). His social milieu included John and Sunday Reed. Atyeo married the artist, Moya Dyring (Cité Internationale des Arts, Moya Dyring Paris Studio) and spent a large part of his life living in Europe (France).