Painter, muralist. Born in Le Mars, IA on Dec. 23, 1873 of Scottish parents. Luvena Vysekal was educated in Pittsburgh, KS. During 1910-14 she studied at the Art Institute of Chicago under John Vanderpoel, Harry Walcott, and John Warner Norton.
At that school she met artist Edouard Vysekal. They were married in Chicago before moving to Los Angeles in 1914 to paint murals in the Barbara Worth Hotel in El Centro.
After settling in California, Mrs. Vysekal further studied with Stanton MacDonald-Wright. In 1922, under the pseudonym Benjamin Blue, she authored Counterfeit Presentations
, a series of character sketches of local artists.
Upon the death of her husband in 1939, she became director of the Vysekal Gallery
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