Born in Germany in 1866, Henry Otto Wix decamped from his native land
in the late 1890s to escape being drafted into the army. After
studying art in New York, he was active in Hawaii as a
portraitist. His marriage ended in divorce there, leaving him in
a state of severe depression and an alcoholic.
About 1910, he settled in San Francisco into a studio in the old Monkey
Block (now the Transamerica Pyramid). Wix sketched widely in
California and made several trips to Mexico. Destitute, he often
would trade paintings for food or alcohol. He was active in
northern California until about 1920 when he was invited to stay at the
estate of Adela Rogers St John in Santa Barbara.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"American Art Annual
1898; City Directory; Death record.Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here
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