Howard Warshaw was born in New York City in 1922. He studied at the Art Students League, Pratt Institute and the National Academy of Design. After completing his studies in New York, he moved to Southern California. Warshaw taught, for a short time, at Jepson Art Institute where he met and befriended Rico LeBrun and Eugene Berman, two pioneering artists who had a substantial impact on him and his work.
Warshaw became a professor of art at the University of California in Santa Barbara. His preferred media were offset lithography and acrylics. He originated a graduate program in offset lithography. Warshaw also completed large murals within the dining commons at the U. of C. The murals were based on the life of Homer’s “Illiad” and “The Odyssey”.