Ira Moskowitz

Ira Moskowitz, a descendant of a long rabbinical line, was born in Poland and went with his family to Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1914. The family remained there until 1927, and young Moskowitz received his first education in Prague’s schools. Soon after, his family moved to New York City, and in 1927. Between 1935 and 1938, he traveled to Israel and to Europe where he studied the works of the old masters and in 1939 made his first trip to Mexico, and stayed for six months. In 1943 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship and moved to New Mexico, where he remained for several years drawing the Native Americans and becoming an active member of the Taos-Sante Fe artists group. His book, “Patterns and Ceremonials of the Indians of the Southwest,” appeared in 1949. Since 1962, Moskowitz has divided his time between Paris and New York. He lived in New York City until his death in 2001.