Student, Art Center School, 1943-1945; student, Jepson's The Art Institute of Chicago, 1945; student, Chouinard's The Art Institute of Chicago, 1945.
Arnold Mesches, born in 1923 in the Bronx, New York, He was raised in Buffalo, New York. He moved to Los Angeles in 1943 on a scholarship at the Art Center School. In 1945, the FBI opened a file on him targeting him as a subversive communist.
Many of his collected paintings represented images from the Senator Eugene McCarthy era. He created many series of "provocative, layered collages composed from his personal FBI file plus news clippings, 1950's magazine cutouts, personal photographs, and hand written scripts." Mesches has explored contemporary social and historical issues, informed by world history and his life during the Depression, which also reflect his art. In 1984, he moved to New York City and taught at New York University.
He also taught at Parsons College and Rutgers University. He eventually ended up teaching at University of Florida in Gainesville. He has had over 125 solo exhibitions and is represented in places such as the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art in Sydney, Australia, among others.
Married Sylvia Snetsky, April 8, 1945 (divorced 1972). Children: Paul Elliot, Susan Jean. Married Jill Karen Ciment, March 19, 1983.