Arnold Theodore Schifrin Biography

Arnold Theodore Schifrin

American

1926-1994

Biography

Painter Arnold Theodore Schifrin was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1926. He attended the Black Mountain Fine Arts School in Colorado Springs, CO, studying painting, drawing, and printmaking. In 1940 he moved to Los Angeles, which would become his permanent home, and began teaching at the UCLA Extension.

In addition to working as both an artist and a teacher, Schifrin became a leading advocate for artists in Los Angeles, fighting for exhibitions of local work at major venues and museums when most were focused on New York and San Francisco Abstract, Modernist, and Beat artists. In 1954 he won the Western Division Tupperware art fund scholarship of $2,800, for his painting "Fiesta". He presented the funds to the county of Los Angeles. Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, in his first stint as governor of California, appointed him the first "maestro of painting" for California; Schifrin later founded California Federation of the Arts and Artists for Economic Action.

Schifrin taught at UCLA for 33 years, and continued to exhibit. Solo shows included Felix Landau Gallery, the Fleisher-Anhalt Gallery, the Sam Francis Gallery and the Oxnard Fine Arts Museum, among others.

He died in Sherman Oaks in 1994.