Ramon Edward Oeschger Biography

Ramon Edward Oeschger




Ramon Edward Oeschger, printmaker and teacher, was born in San Luis Obispo, California on October 9, 1925. After serving in the Army as a navigator on a B17 bomber during World War II, he returned to school earning his B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Houston, Texas.

Relocating to San Francisco, Oeschger first attended San Francisco State University where he received his teaching credential and then he earned his M.A. from San Jose State University. Oeschger traveled to Paris in the 1950s to work at Stanley William Hayter’s experimental workshop, Atelier 17. A forty-year teaching career followed and he taught printmaking at San Jose City College.

Oeschger concentrated primarily on printmaking, specifically etching and engraving, as well as the collagraph process. He was awarded a purchase prize at the National Print Exhibition, 14th Biennial at the Brooklyn Museum. Oeschger had a solo exhibition at the Palo Alto Art Center in 1976 and his works were included in numerous exhibitions that toured more than twenty-eight countries and are in international collections including the Library of Congress, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Art Museums of San Francisco, the Brooklyn Museum, the Worcester Art Museum, and U.S. Embassies in Teheran and Oslo.

Ramon Oeschger died as a result of a bicycle accident in Saratoga, California on April 6, 1992.