(1903 - 1988)
John (Hanns) Skolle was active/lived in New Mexico, New York / France, Africa, Germany. John Skolle is known for easel and mural wildlife and landscape painting, teaching, writing.
Biography John Skolle
JOHN SKOLLE (a sketch by his son Philip Skolle; edited by Fred R. Kline)
John (Hanns) Skolle—artist, explorer, teacher, writer—was born in 1903 in Plauen, Germany. He was brought up in a circus in Czech Bohemia and the Sudeten region (his father created a school for acrobats in Prague and eventually became a teacher, a painter and a writer). He studied at the KunstAkademie in Leipzig. When he was barely 20, an uncle unexpectedly appeared in his life and played his destiny by tossing a coin in the air. Heads: New York; tails: Brazil. In May 1923 they arrived in New York. His uncle gave him 120 dollars and a piece of advice: "Now, get a job".
In Brooklyn and Manhattan, where he lived, he studied at the Art St
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