The following information was submitted by Grant Zahajko:
He was born June 6, 1917 in Ft. Dauphin, Madagascar and died April 26, 1990 in White Plains, New York
Fridtjof Schroder executed in the modern manner with strong emotional
qualities and evident, sincerity of purpose. Schroder worked in several
styles starting with a realistic period, followed by strong and sober
expressionism. Then a number of abstract pieces that show a deliberate
attempt to brighten the palette and bring color to the aid of painting.
Realism again brought several portraits, which were followed by a
second period of expressionism to which the artist seemed to prefer to
all others. Arguably the most important characteristics of Schroder’s
works are vigor and enthusiasm with a somewhat overpowering
seriousness. The most striking technical qualities are good design, use
of color, and a fine feeling for texture.
Schroder was born in 1917 in Ft. Dauphin, Madagascar. His family lived
there and in Paris until returning to the United States in 1928. At the
time of his death in 1990, he had recently retired as professor of Art
and Art History from the City College of New York and was Artist in
Residence at Mercy College in New York. He had taught studio art as
well as art and architectural history and had been a graduate student
of Philip Guston at the University of Iowa.
His work is in the collections of University of North Carolina at
Greensboro, the Lutheran Churchwide Center in Chicago, LECUSA Center,
Park Avenue, New York, Mercy College and Luther College. Among his
honors were the Carl Schurz Foundation Award and the Hallmark Art award
Schroder taught art at various colleges and universities including
Stephens College (Columbia, M0), Illinois College (Jacksonville, IL),
Blackburn College (Carlinville, IL), Fairmont State College (Fairmont,
WV), the University of Cincinnati and The City University of New York
from 1965 until his retirement in 1986. he served as
artist-in-residence at Mercy College (Dobbs Ferry, NY) after he retired
until his death on April 26, 1990.
Works in collection of and on permanent display at:
University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC; ELCA Churchwide Center, Chicago, IL; LECUSA-Park Avenue, New York, NY; Luther College, Decorah, Ia; Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY;
Hallmark Art Award International Exhibition 1949, New York, NY
Carl Schurz Foundation, 1958, Philadelphia, Pa
Distinguished Service Award 1979, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
First Annual Exhibition by Artists of The Old Northwest Territory, Illinois State Fair Grounds, August 8 to 17, 1947
Twelfth Annual Cedar City Art Exhibit, April 20-May4, 1952.
The Liturgical Arts Group of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Exhibition Of Religious Art, October 7-28, 1963, Cincinnat, Ohio.
Solo Show, Marcel Bruyneel Galleries, 1965, Greenwich, Connecticut.
Solo Show, Stetson University Gallery of Art, Deland, Florida, Jan 12-31, 1969.
Fridtjof Schroder-A Retrospective, Paintings 1949-1975, Westchester County Courthouse Exhibit, White Plains, NY