Painter and printmaker, Ira Moskowitz was born in Turka, Poland. He arrived in America with his family in 1928 at the age of sixteen and studied at the Art Students League under Harry Wickey. His first paintings, etchings and lithographs were exhibited in the early 1930s in New York.
During the 1940s Moskowitz lived in the American Southwest and became a prominent member of the Santa Fe Group of Artists. He gained a strong national reputation for his original paintings and prints of Navajo life and customs. The Jewish religion and its’ culture played a major role in Moskowitz’s art and from 1967 to 1969 he was a fequent visitor to Isreal. He even had several exhibitions there at the Haifa Museum of Modern Art.
During his lifetime Moskowitz received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1943. In the introduction of “Patterns and Ceremonials of the Indians of the Southwest”, John Sloan wrote; “The drawings and lithographs by Ira Moskowitz are notable for an emotional response to the Indian life. He may be called a representational or realistic draftsman…”