Ronald Brooks Kitaj

1932 - 2007

Ronald Brooks Kitaj was an American painter born in Cleveland, Ohio, who had a significant influence on British Pop Art. Before receiving formal art training at the Cooper Union, New York, he worked as a merchant seaman and travelled extensively in Europe. He studied in Vienna at the Akademie der bildenden Künste and received a GI grant to study at the Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford, and then at the RCA, 1960-62.

Kitaj's personal brand of figurative art broke stylistic conventions, and he became known as a catalyst for many artists associated with the Pop Art movement. He met the screenprinter Chris Prater in 1962 and began working with collage print. He held his first solo exhibition in 1963 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and his first British solo at Marlborough Fine Art, London.