Born on May 3, 1918 in Chicago, Illinois, Krahn grew up in a large family on the south side of Chicago. After high school, he attended a junior college, and the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. He later served as a Second Lieutenant in the Second World War until November 1944. After the war, Krahn continued his studies. He later met and started traveling with Eliot O'Hara.
"William G. Krahn (was) originally a Chicago artist…since studying and working with Elliot O'Hara…in 1958, Krahn has traveled widely in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Europe. During the O'Hara period, his work was in the realist tradition, but his (1963) show at the Ft. Lauderdale Museum was virtually abstract. The artist himself denot
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