Muralist, painter. Born in Fresno, CA on Oct. 18, 1911.
Tolegian moved to Los Angeles at age nine and first studied art there at Manual Arts High School under Frederick Schwankovsky. He then continued at the ASL of NYC and with John Sloan, Thomas H. Benton, John S. Curry, and George Grosz.
He was a boyhood friend of writer Wm Soroyan for whom he wrote the folk music to his Pulitzer prize-winning play "Time of Your Life." Tolegian's book illustrations include Omar Khayyam's and The Dove Brings Peace.
During WWII he was a correspondent in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. After the war he settled in Sherman Oaks, CA where he remained until his death on Aug. 4, 1983. A Social-Realist during the 1930s, hNearly 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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