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Jacob Pfeiffer

Birth place or City of origin: Resitza Romania
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Last known City: Cincinnati
Last known State: OH
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Even before immigrating to the US at the age of nineteen, Jacob Pfeiffer developed a great empathy for the American Indian. When he was twelve, he and his parents fled Communist Romania to settle in Austria. There as a student, he first learned about Native Americans. In his art classes, he portrayed Indians in pencil and watercolor. After settling in Cincinnati, he studied drawing and painting while working to support his young family.

By 1969, Pfeiffer was painting full-time and earning wide recognition. His favorite books were, and still remain, by or about Native Americans. To depict their courage and survival skills, most of his early paintings were set in the harsh season of winter. More recently, he has broadened his subjects to include figures, still lifes and landscapes.

Biography from Eiteljorg Museum


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