Theodore Roszak

Polish/American , 1907 - 1981

Sculptor, lithographer and painter, Theodore Roszak was born in Poznan, Poland in 1907. When he was two years old, he was brought to Chicago, Illinois. He enrolled at the New York National Academy of Design in 1926. He also took a number of sessions at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1922, 1925 and 1927.

Roszak was greatly influenced by his exposure to modern art when he took a trip to Europe, primarily to Prague, in 1929 and 1930. Roszak was particularly impressed by the German Bauhaus idea off integrating the artist and his or her expressions into society through city planning and architecture.

Roszak turned away from painting in 1936 and began to concentrate on sculpture and creating three- dimensional works of brass, plastic and wood. These works followed the concepts of Constructivism and also incorporated some of the shapes of Joan Miro.

During 1938 Roszak worked at the U.S. government sponsored Design Laboratory in New York City, a project that was designed to bring Bauhaus ideas and principles to American Art. Roszak worked for the Brewster Aircraft Corporation during WWII, building aircraft and teaching mechanics. He also taught at Columbia University form 1970 to 1972.
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