Henry Botkin (American, 1896-1983) became interested in collage in the early 1950s and worked with the medium till the end of his life. In his young adulthood, Botkin trained as a classical painter at the Massachusetts School of Art and the Art Students League of New York. His early work focused on figures and scenes of life.
Botkin began his artistic career by producing illustrations for Harper's Bazaar, the Saturday Evening Post, and Century magazines. Botkin was also known as a leader in the American Abstract movement. In 1955, he organized the first exhibition of American abstract art at the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, Japan. He also organized the sale of 540 paintings at the Whitney Museum in New York in 1959. Henry Botkin died in New York in 1983.