The Artist

And His Art

Frank Ross was born December 2nd, 1898, in Frankfurt, West Germany.  In 1916 he was drafted into the Army where he served two years in Russia.  After his return to Germany, he entered acting school, much to the dismay of his father, who wanted him to be part of the family business.

He was soon a leading actor in theaters in Darmstadt and Koblenz.  During this time, in Berlin, he met and was greatly influenced by painter Clemens Fraenkel, well known for his landscapes.  Frank decided to leave the performing arts and to commit his total energy and time to painting, studying with Fraenkel.  Most of early paintings were unfortunately lost during the war.

In 1935, Frank Ross left Germany for Positano, Italy, a colony of exiled artists, where he painted for two years.  Works of this period constituted his first one man show in New York City.  Immediately after his arrival in this country he entered the Art Students League, where he was a life member.

From 1937, Frank lived in the United States.  His paintings reflect landscapes of the Berkshire Mountains, Vermont, Long Island and New York City.

The City of Frankfurt invited him back in 1989, to give a retrospective exhibition of his work.  It was held at the Historische Museum in Frankfurt, West Germany. 

In his paintings, Frank remained connected to his European heritage, although he had to flee the turmoil of the country.

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