Chaim Gross,1904 - 1991. He was a sculptor, artist, and teacher, born Carpathian Mountains of Austria. He immigrated to New York City. He studied sculpture and painting at the Beaux- Arts Institute of Design, attending evening classes and working during the day. He met Raphael Soyer, who was to become his lifelong friend.
In the Depression, Gross had his first solo exhibition at Manfred Schwarz’s The Gallery 144 in Greenwich Village. He taught sculpture at the Educational Alliance School in New York. Gross married Renee Nechin, and became an American citizen.
He won many awards: national sculpture prize under the Art Program of the US Treasury; Silver Metal at the Paris Exposition; Second Prize for the sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Gross received the prestigious Arts and Letters Award In 1989 the Chaim Gross Studio Museum was founded in Greenwich Village, New York.