William Mayo was born in Houston, TX in 1923. "Bill" Mayo moved to California as a teenager. While a star track and field athlete at Hollywood High School, he studied painting with Charles Bensco. By age 16 he was a skilled painter. He received scholarship offers to Princeton and Columbia universities, but joined the Air Force at the onset of WWII. He was killed in action in 1944.
Exh: Laguna Beach AA, 1939-40; American Artists Congress, 1940; Society for Sanity in Art, 1939-41.
Works in held in Public Places: East Texas State University.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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