Abraham Walkowitz, an American painter and etcher of Russian birth, was born in Tyumen in 1878. He emigrated, with his family, to New York in 1889. They settled on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, which Walkowitz used as the subject of many of his early works. He attended art classes at Cooper Union in New York and at the Educational Alliance and the National Academy of Design.
Walkowitz developed a precise understanding of anatomical detail and a systematic method of shading. His work was first exhibited at the Educational Alliance in New York, where he taught from 1900 to 1906. Walkowitz died in Brooklyn, NY in 1965.