The following text was written and submitted by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher of Laguna Woods, California:
Ronald Brooks was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1932. He took the additional name of his mother's second husband, Dr. Walter Kitaj, a Viennese Jew. At an early age, he developed a compassion for persons less fortunate and became dedicated to socialism, which had a lasting effect on his life and work.
The artist attended high school in Troy, New York and after high school, inspired by the early travels of Joseph Conrad and Eugene O"Neill, he became a merchant seaman for four years. His travels were punctuated by periods of study at the Cooper Union in New York and the Academy in Vienna. He was d
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