Alexander Simeon Masley was born 1903 in Akeley, Minnesota. One of three brothers born to parents who immigrated from what then was Czechoslovakia, he grew up in Minneapolis. His parents encouraged his artistic talents and supported him as he began his art education at the University of Minnesota and the Minneapolis School of Art.
During classes at the Minneapolis School of Art (1925 to 1929), Masley won the Ethel Morrison VanDerlip foreign traveling scholarship in 1929 and studied with Hans Hofmann at the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts in Munich, Germany, from 1930 to 1931. Masley concentrated on printmaking during these years, and became a leading wood engraver whose prints were noted for their compelling te
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