William Leonard Cooper was born in Salinas, CA on July 14, 1900. Cooper's parents came to California following the Civil War. Local author John Steinbeck grew up with the Coopers and immortalized the family in his book, Travels With Charley.
Leonard Cooper studied art at the College of the Pacific and painted with Leon Amyx.
As well as a painter, he was also a violinist and piano teacher in the Salinas area during the 1930s.
He died while vacationing in Los Angeles on July 25, 1948.
Santa Cruz Art League, 1936-42
Oakland Art Gallery, 1936-44
San Francisco Museum of Art, 1944
Atlanta University, 1946.
Source: Edan Hughes, author of the book "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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