Saul Jacob Rabino Biography

Saul Jacob Rabino




Saul Jacob Rabino, painter, muralist, printmaker and sculptor, was born Saul Rabinowitz in Odessa, Russia on July 2, 1892. He studied at the Russian Imperial Art School and later in Paris at the École des Arts Decoratifs. In 1922 he immigrated to the United States, where his suname was shortened by immigration officials upon his arrival.

Rabino moved permanently to Los Angeles, California in 1932 where he found employment on the WPA Federal Art Project, under whose auspices he painted the mural Moses—Hebrew Prophets in 1937 for the Jewish Home for the Aged in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. Under the WPA Graphic Art Division he created about forty lithographs on the subjects of WPA workers, chess players, music, entertainment, Jewish life, and the unemployed. During the 1940s, he drew allegorical images of war and the plight of Jews in Eastern Europe and he also portrayed the scholars and religious leaders of the Jewish community.

His work was included in the 1939 New York World’s Fair exhibit, American Art Today. He was also featured in exhibitions at the Los Angeles Museum of Art, the Laguna Beach Art Museum and, in winter 1942, the solo exhibition Prints and Drawings by Saul Rabino was mounted at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland; the Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota; the Jewish Museum, New York; the Seattle Art Museum, Washington; and the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

Saul Jacob Rabino died in Los Angeles, California on 29 October 1969.