Leon Goldin Biography

Leon Goldin




Leon Goldin was born on January 16, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois. He first learned printmaking at Hull House from Misch Kohn. He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1941, studying with Francis Chapin for two years before serving in both the US Air Corps and the US Army, returning to Chicago in 1946 on the GI bill. He studied lithography with Max Kahn and then enrolled at the University of Iowa, studying with renowned printmaking professor Mauricio Lasansky. There he received his MFA. In 1950 he began teaching printmaking at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California. In 1952 he won the Fulbright Scholarship in Painting and in 1955 had a one-man show of his paintings at the Oakland Museum. That same year, he won a prestigious Prix de Rome, which brought him to the American Academy in Rome.

In 1958 he returned to the U.S., where he received a Guggenheim Fellowship and, in 1961, he began teaching at Cooper Union in New York, then Columbia, where he continued to teach until his retirement in 1992.                 

Goldin showed at the Kraushaar Galleries, winning numerous fellowships for his tough, postmodern landscapes and cityscapes, including an award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Guggenheim Fellowship in Painting and a Ford Foundation Purchase Prize.

Leon Goldin died on January 30, 2009 in New York, NY.