Born in Romania and raised there in a rural environment while his
father served in the military during World War II, Jacob Pfeiffer spent
much time during those years drawing from nature and from his
imagination stirred by reading.
Following World War II, in 1948 when he was twelve and following World
War II, he and his mother fled Romania for Austria to join his released
war-prisoner father. The journey was arduous because they walked
at night through Romania and Hungary, and during the journey were
imprisoned for three months. Their release was contingent upon
returning to Romania, but they avoided tracking and finally arrived in
Austria where the father worked at an American Military base.
At age nineteen, he emigrated to Cincinnati, Ohio with his parents, and
continued art studies that he had begun as a child. He painted
primarily in oil and depicted subjects of American Historical narrative
with special interest in American Indian genre. Later his
palette expanded to include wildlife, still life, and Caucasian
figures, especially females, in landscape. His style reflects his
goal of 'mastering' the techniques of the Old Masters.
Combining his art activity with a variety of jobs to support his
family, he finally gained gallery representation when he was age
During the 1980's, he submitted three paintings to
juried shows hosted by the National Collectors Society in the Midwest,
and won three consecutive Best of Show. One of his Indian
paintings is in the permanent
collection of the National Center for American Western Art in
Kerrville, Texas. In the early 1990s, he has entered many more
competitions including the Hoosier Salon at the Indiana State Museum;
the Alexandria Museum of Art in Louisiana; the Oil Painters of America
in various locations, and the Salon International in Texas.
Editor, Great American Artists Exhibition and Sale, 2003