Born in Hamburg, Germany in 1909, Julian Ritter grew up a solitary youth, the only
child of an aspiring Polish actress. Julian’s emigrate to America in 1924. Julian
quickly adapted to the new country. He traveled from New York to Philadelphia to
Chicago before finally settling in Los Angeles. He frequented vaudeville and burlesque
theaters where the strippers and slapstick comedians taught him humor.
Collectors acquired Julian's work throughout the West, particularly in Los Angeles,
San Francisco, and Las Vegas. After the death of his wife in 1966, Julian fulfilled his
boyhood dream; sailing his own boat, the Galilee, on a long Pacific cruise,
sketching and painting along the way. His three year voyage was climaxed by a
nearly fatal ninety days adrift at sea, forty-nine without food. This experience gave
him profound, new insights into himself and life. “Your mind becomes keener as you
become hungrier,” he wrote. “It gets sharper than ever before. You cleanse
yourself of past mistakes and realize that nature gave you facilities you have misused.”
In December, 1985, Julian suffered a debilitating stroke and passed away on March 4, 2000
at the age of ninety.