American painter Maurice Greenburg was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1893.
His first training as an artist was at the Wisconsin School of Art where he was
taught drawing and painting.
At age 19, he moved to Chicago, Illinois where he became a member of
the Palette and Chisel Club and the Art Institute of Chicago where he would
later exhibit his works. He took commercial art work commissions besides working
on his paintings.
During World War I, he served his country by painting camouflage in Columbia,
South Carolina. Following his discharge, he moved to Los Angeles,
California where he worked as a background artist for Columbia Screen Gems, MGM
Studios, Walt Disney Studios, and Cascade Pictures. His longest employment as
with Cascade where he worked for thirty-five years before retiring in 1963.
According to his own writings, he wrote, "All my acrylic paintings were
development from abstract forms and first developed on a small scale. Each
sketch (was) done size 5.5" x 7" inches, also in acrylic. As each sketch
was finished to my mind, it was enlarged to its' present size, and in painting I
followed it carefully to retain the interesting colors. Each picture has its own
personal color identity, and add to their visual enjoyment. The interest to the
viewer is to look for additional hidden shapes and see why I found so much
pleasure in developing each painting."
After his retirement, he resided in the Woodland Hills Retirement Hotel on
Ventura Boulevard. According to his obituary in the Jewish Journal, he
died on March 27, 1996 a the age of 102.
(Thanks to William Sacks, grandnephew of the artist, for supplying background
information for this biographical summary.)
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