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An interview with Vaino Kola conducted 1991 Sept. 12, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art, in Kola's home, Norton, Mass.
Kola discusses his childhood in Finland during the war with the Soviet Union, in which his father was an important commander, and during World War II; and the necessity to leave following the war because of the pressure from the Soviet Union. He recalls growing up in Worcester, Mass; learning English; his attendance at the High School of Commerce; excelling in swimming; attending the Massachusettes College of Art (BFA, 1959) and the influence upon him of teachers Beverly Hallam, David Berger, Calvin Burnett, and Lawrence Kupferman; and his years at the Yale School of Art and Architecture (MFA, 1962) and recollections of Josef Albers and his teaching methods.