Theodore Czebotar

BORN: August 28, 1915, in Milwaukee, WI

DIED: 1996

Theodore Czebotar was born into a polish family in 1915 and raised in Milwaukee. He showed an interest in the arts early, becoming a prolific cartoonist and poet while in high school. He set writing aside in favor of art when art critic, Henry McBride, encourage him to do so. After a disagreement with his high school art teacher, Czebotar dropped out and rode the train out West, sleeping in cemeteries and making sketches in return for food.

Czebotar soon settled down in Denver at a hobo camp for four months and began working as a WPA mural artist under Paschal Quackenbush and for the Federal Theatre Project as a scene designer. In 1936, he shared an apartment in San Francisco with short-story writer, John Lang. During this time, he became friends with William Saroyan, an American writer, who believed the arts should be separated from commerce. Czebotar agreed with him and would continue to dislike art business, academic art, and the public’s taste for purely decorative art for the remainder of his life, regardless of his upcoming popularity.

Theodore Czebotar
At the Quarry by Theodore Czebotar
At the Quarry
19.5 x 15.5 in.
Broadway (Lady in Blue Hat) by Theodore Czebotar
Broadway (Lady in Blue Hat)
17.5 x 23.5 in.
Drama by Theodore Czebotar
17.5 x 23.5 in.
Els at Rest by Theodore Czebotar
Els at Rest
17 x 23 in.
Four at the Quarry by Theodore Czebotar
Four at the Quarry
17.5 x 23.5 in.
Friday Night Times Square by Theodore Czebotar
Friday Night Times Square
10.5 x 13.5 in.
Over Manhattan Bridge by Theodore Czebotar
Over Manhattan Bridge
17.5 x 23.5 in.
Red School - Horizontal by Theodore Czebotar
Red School - Horizontal
24 x 36 in.
Red School - vertical by Theodore Czebotar
Red School - vertical
40 x 30 in.
Scene from Porgy and Bess by Theodore Czebotar
Scene from Porgy and Bess
10.5 x 13.5 in.
Summer at the Quarry by Theodore Czebotar
Summer at the Quarry
21.5 x 29.5 in.
The (Trumpet) Rehearsal by Theodore Czebotar
The (Trumpet) Rehearsal
17.5 x 23.5 in.