Oscar Van Young Biography

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Oscar Van Young (1906-1993) Born: Vienna, Austria; Studied: Art Academy Odessa (Russia), Academy of Fine Arts (Chicago), California State University (Los Angeles); Member: California Water Color Society. Oscar Van Young grew up in Vienna. In 1919, he received a scholarship to study art in Odessa, Russia, but after several years of instruction, fled the country because of political unrest. After traveling around Europe, he immigrated to the United States and settled in Chicago, where he continued his art education and began to exhibit his works. In 1940, he moved to California to live in Los Angeles.

Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, he produced and exhibited watercolors depicting local Los Angeles street scenes. In addition, he was an art instructor at the Otis Art Institute and various universities. He also worked as a printmaker, producing limited edition fine art lithographs, and painted large abstract oil paintings.

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Interview with Oscar Van Young, 1983.

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