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Walter Stiner Born 1909

Walter Stiner was born in Palatinate, Germany in 1909. His brother Sigfried was a well-known graphic artist and influenced Walter from an early age.

Stiner immigrated to the United States in 1929; he began his formal studies with George Grosz, and Kunhyashi. He also studied at the Art Students League in New York from 1935-1936, and the Académie Julian in Paris under Cavailles and Sabouraud, from 1946-1948.

Stiner was a member of the Silvermine Guild, and his paintings were exhibited with the Guild and received many favorable reviews. He continued to have one-man shows in New York, also received fine reviews.

Stiner served in the U. S. Army during World War II, he served in the Army’s Fine Art, Monument and Achieves Division. He was stationed in Morocco; he made many drawing of his experiences. Being a German born American officer, fluent in French gave him a special understanding of culture. 

After the war he exhibited at the Carnegie Institute, in Pittsburg, and the National Gallery in Washington D.C. He also exhibited in Paris at the Foyer Montparnasse exhibition of American painters, and Pershing hall an exhibition called “Paintings by American Veterans.” Stiner’s later work show influences of the Surrealists, and he evolved into abstraction. 

Stiner had many exhibitions in his lifetime. He exhibited at the Montose Gallery in New York several times beginning in 1937. In 1938 he was an instructor for the WPA, also in 1938 he exhibited at the Society of Independent Artists. Again in New York he exhibited at the Crespy Gallery in the 1950s. He also did cartoons for Paris newspapers, and had an academic article published in the German magazine Der Standpunkt.

Stiner exhibited as late as 1988 in New York, he showed with groups called Art Studio Club, and West Side Art Coalition.