Louis Siegriest Biography

Born in Oakland, CA on February 24, 1899.  Siegriest began taking night classes at age 15 at the California College of Arts & Crafts under Perhman Nahl.  He furthered his training in San Francisco at the California School of Fine Art with Frank Van Sloun and Glenn Wessels.  About 1917 he became associated with a group of local painters called the Society of Six who exhibited at the Oakland Art Gallery (now the Oakland Museum).  During the 1920’s and 1930’s, Siegriest worked as a commercial artist sporadically in Seattle, Dallas, Chicago, and Milwaukee, and as a freelance artist for the San Francisco Chronicle until 1945 when he abandoned commercial work to devote full time to painting.  He taught at the Art Students League of San Francisco from 1948-51.  Due to poor eyesight he stopped painting in the 1970’s.