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|The following biography, submitted March, 2009, is from Ralph Miller, PhD., son of the artist.|
father, Ralph Rillman Miller, was born in 1915, December 8 in Wayne,
Pennsylvania. His mother and father were Ralph Rillman Miller Sr., and Grace
ews) Miller. His only sibling is Robert Edwin Miller who currently
in Everett WA. Early in the 1920's, the family moved from Wayne to
In his teens, Ralph Miller became interested in archery as a
sport and eventually, after winning numerous tournaments on the West Coast, won the
national archery championship at the age of 19.
He attended the University of
Washington in Seattle, and married Margaret Winifrid Donald of Hawaii in
1937. During WWII, he went to work at the Boeing plant near Seattle obtaining
position as a model maker on the strength of some statuary and drawings
had done earlier. At Boeing he worked on the strategic bomber, the B-17G,
and after the war, the Boeing Stratocruiser.
He moved the family of
Margaret and a son and daughter to New York City in 1947. In 1951, in a change in
careers, Miller became Assistant to the Director of the Museum of the City
New York. He then completed his degree in art history and at the Museum, mounted
several exhibitions, which were noted for their innovative approach. One of them, "The
Sounds of New York", featured street cries from the early years of Manhattan
along with a recreation of an early New York street scene.
period, Miller resumed his avocation in oil painting in the traditional European
style. He extensively researched the Renaissance painting technologies
often making his own paints from basic materials. Eventually becoming director
the Museum, Ralph Miller retired in the mid 1960's and embarked on a full-time
career as a fine artist.
He placed his paintings with several New York
galleries and continued his studied in traditional oil painting methods.
Eventually, while studying in Florence, Italy he met and married his third wife,
who was from South Africa. The couple moved to Cape Town where Miller
continued his work in portrait and landscape painting as well as
passing on his technical knowledge and skills until his death in 1993. His landscapes were
known for their detail and color depth.
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