R B Kitaj b.Cleveland, Ohio 1932- 2007 Los Angeles
R B Kitaj (pronounced kiTiE) studied at Royal College from 1959 until 1961. Prior to this not only had he seen a great deal of the world as merchant sailor but attended the Cooper Union in New York for a year, the Akadamie der bildended Kunste, Vienna and after service in the US Army a GI scholarship enabled him to study at the Ruskin School, Oxford.
Consequently he knew a great deal about the contemporary American and European Art scenes. As such he was an invaluable influence on his fellow students at the College, the so-called Second Wave of British Pop Artists, particularly David Hockney.
His own work was inspired by literature and history rather than popular culture. He was a prolific screenprinter before reverting to more traditional print media.
After a long period in the UK he returned to the States and lived in California.