About my favorite abstract expressionist painter is Arshile Gorky [real name: Vostanik Manuk Adoyan--born Khorkom, Turkish Armenia c. 1904; d. 1948, Sherman, Conn.] Came to America when he was 16 to join father who was already here (they never got along).
When looking on-line at some of his paintings, I was happily astonished to see that he painted a landscape of Staten Island, currently my home-borough. His early paintings were representational as were of many artists who became abstract artists.
He made a long journey from his Staten Island painting to his abstract expressionist paintings.
Arshile Gorky-The-Artist-and-his-Mother-1926-34 (His mother died of starvation in Armenia)
Moving right along: He changed his style and became successful and famous.
This video is a short dramatization of his life. It’s interesting.