Claus Hoie lived for a few years in Oslo before emigrating to the United States at the age of thirteen, when he settled in Brooklyn, NY. He studied art at the Pratt Institute and at the Art Students League in New York. He spent time at sea (two years), a heritage from his grandfather and father who were both ship's captains. During World War II, Hoie served four years in the Army as a sergeant in a special Norwegian- American battalion of the mountain infantry (99th Infantry Battalion), whose mission was to assist in the liberation of Norway. His battalion also landed on Normandy Beach five days after D-Day. After the war, he studied art at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. His wife, Helen, is also an artist.
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