Artist Biography

1905 - 1982

Louis Heinzman was born in Munich, Germany on June 23, 1905. He began his art studies at an early age at the Munich Royal Academy, continued on a scholarship in Paris at Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and had further study in Rome. A linguist, he spoke eight languages fluently, a gift he used during his world travels. He sketched in Egypt along the Red Sea, India and the Far East; whereas, in the Southwest his preferred painting locales were Death Valley, the Nevada desert, and the Ruby Mountains. While a resident of San Francisco during the 1930s and 1940s, he painted many urban scenes and landscapes of northern California. During the World War Two years, he painted under the pseudonym Louis M. Hamilton due to anti-German sentiment. Following the war, Heinzman settled in Salt Lake City where he remained until his death on December 9, 1982. Known for his serene, sunlit vistas, he painted many desert and mountain landscapes as well as portraits. A New York critic once wrote, "A master of color, Heinzman's brush is drenched in sunlight. To the luminosity in his works, he adds the lyric qualities which transform his canvases into noble poems of color." Exhibited: Art Institute of Chicago (prizes); Society for Sanity in Art, California Palace of Legion of Honor, 1945, 1947 (first prize).

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