Boris Deutsch

Portrait of Riva by Boris Deutsch

Portrait of Riva by Boris Deutsch

Boris Deutsch (Lithuanian and American, 1892–1978) was a modernist and figurative painter, printmaker, and muralist in Seattle and Los Angeles from 1916 to 1978. He also designed sets for Hollywood pictures while in L.A.

Deutsch was born in Riga, Russia and was initially a self-taught artist before he attended courses in Berlin at the Kunstgewerbermuseum. He also studied in Latvia before moving to the United States. He spent three years living in Seattle before settling in Los Angeles. Deutsch became one of the four organizers of the Group of Independent Artists at the MacDowell Women’s Club in Los Angeles, the West Coast equivalent to the Armory Show in New York. In 1926, Deutsch showed his first solo exhibition at the Los Angeles Museum and many other shows in cities all over the U.S., including New York in 1933. Deutsch also received numerous mural commissions sponsored by the New Deal projects, winning the 1941 competition to design and paint murals still visible in the Terminal Annex of the Los Angeles post office. Boris Deutsch's work can be found in numerous museums and collections worldwide.