William Alexander

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Birthday
2, 1915
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Jan 24, 1997 (81)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
2, 1915
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Jan 24, 1997 (81)

About

German painter and art instructor best known for launching and hosting the PBS television programs The Art of Bill Alexander and The Magic of Oil Painting.

Before Fame

After being drafted into the German army during the Second World War, Alexander immigrated to the United States with the help of his Allied captors, many of whose wives sat for portraits with him.

Trivia

He is well known for using the wet-on-wet oil paint technique. 

Family Life

He spent his early years in East Prussia and Berlin, Germany.

Associated With

He instructed Bob Ross in oil painting and inspired Ross' own television art program, The Joy of Painting.