Happy Birthday Reuben Nakian!! Born in America in 1897, Nakian was a sculptor. He studied in New Your, and was friends with Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning, and Marcel Duchamp. He was also a teacher at Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art and Pratt Institute in New York. Nakian’s sculpture usually had to do with Greek and Roman mythology. The sculpture below is titled Leda and the Swan.