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Hilaire Hiler
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St Paul, MN
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Paris, France
Painter, muralist, illustrator. Hiler was educated at the University of Pennsylvania; University of Denver; University of Paris; Golden State University, LA; and the Nat'l College, Ontario, Canada. Upon moving to San Francisco in the 1930s, he was commissioned by the WPA to paint murals in the Aquatic Park Bath House (now theSan Francisco Maritime Museum). He exhibited and contributed illustrated maps for the GGIE of 1939. From SF he moved south to Hollywood where he opened a short-lived nightclub on the Sunset Strip. He then lived in Santa Fe (NM), NYC, and his final years we spent in Paris where he ran the Jockey Club on the Left Bank. At the club he often played jazz piano with a live monkey on his back. A self-taught artist, he was an exponent of modern art and known for his abstracts. (Edan Hughes, "Artists in California 1786-1940," 1989)