A painter, Ferdinand Sersen was born in Czechoslovakia on Feb. 24,
1890. 'Fred' Sersen came to the U.S. at age 17. He first
studied at the Los Angeles School of Art and Design and continued at
the Portland (OR) Art Academy and San Francisco Institute of Art.
While at the latter, the Canadian government commissioned him to
produce a mural for the Panama Pacific International Exposition.
He painted a series of cityscapes of San Francisco before returning to
Most of his career was spent as head of the special effects department
at 20th Century Fox where he was nominated for nine Academy Awards and
received two Oscars. The subjects of his oils and watercolors
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