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Fermin Siegfried Rocker (1907-2004)


Fermin Siegfried Rocker (1907-2004)
English-American Social Realist & anarchist painter, illustrator & lithographer ;
Fermin Rocker ; Fermin S. Rocker ; F.S. Rocker ; F. S. Rocker ;
[Born December 22, 1907 in Stepney, London, England – died October 18, 2004 in New York, NY at the British Consulate]


FAD record control number: 44754 ;

Record level: Person ;

Record type: Artist ;


Fermin Siegfried Rocker (1907-2004) biography:

Birth: December 22, 1907 in Stepney, London, England ;
Death: October 18, 2004 in New York, NY at the British Consulate ;
Sex: Male ;
Ethnicity: White ; 
Capricorn ;

Known for: Political paintings ;
Medium: Oil ; watercolor ; ink & paper ; pencil ;
Technique: Painting ; sketching ; drawing ; lithography ;
Subjects: Political events ;

Areas: London, England (1907-1918, 1956, 1970-2004) ; Netherlands (1918) ; Berlin, Germany (1918-1929) ; New York, NY (1929-1970) ; Miami, FL (1938) ; Philadelphia, PA ;
Region: Europe ;
Lived: London, England (1907-1918, 1970-2004) ; Berlin, Germany (1918-1929) ; New York, NY (1929-1970) ;
Father: Johann Rudolf Rocker (1873-1958), anarchist, activist, writer, father was a lithographer ;
Mother: Milly (Witkop) Rocker (1877-1955), feminist, activist, writer ;
Spouse: Ruth Robins (?-1989), wife, married 1952 ;

Training: Early drawing training from half-brother Rudolph Rocker? (?-?) ;
Work: Trained in Berlin, Germany as a lithographer (1918) after both his parents were jailed for their anarchist radical views ; Came to New York due to rise of Hitler and worked as a draftsman, a cartoon animator, a commercial artist, and as a book illustrator ; Worked for Survey Graphic magazine (ca.1921-ca.1932) ;


Exhibited with: Stephen Bartley Gallery, London, England ; Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY ; Whitney Museum, New York, NY ; Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL ;
Awards: Philadelphia Print Club, Philadelphia, PA, award (1946) ;

Milestones: US lecture tour with his father (1929) ; Solo show in New York, NY (1941) ; Had shows at Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY ; Whitney Museum, New York, NY ; Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL ; Mick Jagger bought a painting for his collection from the artist ;



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Record birth date:
February 6, 2019


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