Auriel Alexsandor Bessemer was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on February 27, 1909. Bessemer studied at the Art Students League in New York City, Columbia University, and National Academy of Design. During the Depression he was employed by the Works Progress Administration and painted a mural for the post office in Arlington, Virginia. His early career was spent in Washington, DC. He died in Merced, California on February 15, 1986.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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