Fred M. Sersen Biography

Fred M. Sersen




Painter Fred Sersen was born Ferdinand Sersen in Czechoslovakia in 1890. When he was 17 he came to the United States, settling in Los Angeles, CA, to pursue a career in art. He attended the Los Angeles School of Art and Design, the Portland Art Academy and the San Francisco Institute of Art. He began working as set designer and painter for the film industry soon thereafter, and his first credited film was for A Connecticut Yankee (1931).  He earned two Academy Awards and six nominations throughout his career.  
Though he is best known for his work in the film industry, he was an avid watercolorist and was a member of the California Watercolor Society, and he exhibited his works throughout the Bay Area.  
Some exhibitions: Eagle Rock Artists, 1931; Academy of Western Painters (LA), 1935-38; Calif. Art Club, 1938; GGIE, 1940; Painters & Sculptors of LA, 1942 (2nd prize); Calif. WC Society, 1945-54. Eagle Rock Sentinel, 11-6-1931; CD; MaS; PF.