Ronald Brooks Kitaj

1932 - 2007

Painter, born Ronald Brooks Kitaj in Cleveland, Ohio, of Russian-Jewish and Viennese descent. He signed on as a merchant seaman in the USA, making several voyages to the Caribbean and South America, before receiving formal art training at the Cooper Union, New York. He also studied in Vienna at the Akademie der bildenden Künste and travelled extensively in Europe. Following service in the US Army, 1956-57, he continued his art education in England, on a GI grant, first at the Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford, and then at the RCA, 1960-62. His peers included David Hockney, Allen Jones, Derek Boshier and Peter Phillips all of whom including Kitaj had a significant influence on British Pop Art.