Andre Racz Biography

Andre Racz

American

1916-1994

Biography

Andre Racz, painter, printmaker, educator and sculptor, was born in Cluj, Romania on November 21, 1916. He graduated from the University of Bucharest in 1935 and came to the U.S. in 1939 as a member of the Romanian Art Commission in connection with the New York World’s Fair. He settled in New York where he studied printmaking at Atelier 17 in the 1940s.

Racz was a Professor of painting and sculpture at Columbia University from 1951 to 1983. He had numerous solo exhibitions in Europe, South America and the United States and the Museum of Modern Art purchased over two dozen of his prints. Racz was awarded the Guggenheim fellowship in printmaking, he was a Fulbright resident scholar in Chile and he received a Ford Foundation Fellowship. His works are included in the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York Public Library and the Bibliotheque Nationale. He authored the following portfolios: The Reign of Claws (1945), XII Prophets of Aleijadinho (1947), Via Crucis (1948), Mother and Child (1949), and Canciones Negras (1953).

Andre Racz died in Englewood, New Jersey on September 29, 1994.