South San Diego - Rex Brandt

Rex Brandt, 1938

Rex Brandt, N.A. (1914-2000) Born: San Diego, CA; Studied: Chouinard Art Institute (Los Angeles), University of California (Berkeley); Member: National Academy of Design, American Watercolor Society, California Water Color Society, Philadelphia Water Color Club. Rex Brandt was a native Californian artist. He was raised in Southern California and in 1928, while still attending junior high school, began studying art at the Chouinard Art Institute. After a few years at Riverside Junior College, he continued his art education at the University of California (Berkeley), studying with John Haley.

By the time he returned to Southern California, the core group of California watercolor artists was already forming. Although Brandt was still quite young, the more established artists immediately recognized his artistic talent and readily accepted him into the group. Within a few years he was winning awards from art shows throughout Western America.

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