De Niro, Sr. was part of the post-war art phenomenon, and he bridged the gap between European Modernism and Abstract Expressionism. He incorporated the styles of countless renowned artists including those of Matisse, Bonnard, and his beloved mentor Hans Hofmann. He surrounded himself with many famous faces of the 1940s including playwright Tennessee Williams while living with his wife in Greenwich Village in New York. Quite a perfectionist, De Niro would paint and repaint his works countless times until he was satisfied, though satisfaction rarely came. He began exhibiting his work in 1946, and continued to do so through the 50s and 60s. He received much critical praise until culture of the 60s became geared toward pop culture, and the success of his fellows eluded him. He continued the exploration of color until he died in 1993 and his works are still displayed today.