Kinzinger, Edmund Daniel. 1888-1963. Waco. Painter, sculptor, graphic artist, teacher.
Kinzinger was born a Pforzheim, Grand Duchy Baden, German Empire, and attended the Knirr Schule, Munich (1908-10), Followed by periods at the Staatliche Akademie, Munich (1909-10), and the Staatliche Akademie, Stuttgart (1910-12). He was a graduate student at the Academie Moderne, Paris (1912-13), and a master student of Adolph Holzel at the Staatliche Akademie, Stuttgart (1913-14, supporting himself by painting portraits. Entering the German army in 1914 as a private soldier, Kinzinger rose after nearly five years at the front , and two wounds, to command an artillery unit, Released from active service in 1918, he studied as a master student of Henrich Waldschmidt, again at the staatliche Akademie, Stuttgart (1919-21).
From 1924 to 1928, Kinzinger taught in Munich, where he met Alice Fish Kinzinger, an American; they were married in 1927. Kinzinger traveled to the United States to teach at the Minneapolis Art Institute in the summer of 1928 and then at the Minneapolis Art Students League (1929-30). He painted in Taxco, Mexico, in the summer of 1930. From 1930 until 1933, Kinzinger was director of the Hans Hoffman Schule fur Bildende Kuntz, Munich, and the Hofmann Self-Study Course in California. During the same period, he taught in Spain and St. Tropez, France. He also served as director of the Ecole de lEpoque, Paris (1933-34).
Fleeing Nazi Germany, Kinzinger came again to the United States and in 1935 became chairman of the art department at Baylor University, Waco, a position he would hold for the next thirteen years. In the years 1939-42), Kinzinger attended summer sessions at the University of Iowa City, and his dissertation--a series of paintings on a Mexican theme--earned for him in 1942 the first doctorate in fine arts conferred by the University of Iowa. Beginning in 1944, Kinzinger painted summers in Taos. Troubled by depression for a number of years, Kinzinger was divorced in 1947 and stopped painting in 1948 when he moved to live with his son in Delavan, Wisconsin. After 1960 he was a resident of North Carolina where he died of a stroke. Exhibitions: Galerie Pierre, Paris (1933 one-man); Bloomsbury Gallery, London (1933 one-man); Rouillier Gallery, Chicago (1935); Art Institute of Chicago (1935 one man,1938); Texas Centennial Exposition, Dallas (1936); Greater Texas and Pan-American Exposition, Dallas (1937); Dallas School of Creative Arts (1937); Witte Memorial Museum, San Antonio (1937 and 1944 one-man); Annual Southeast Texas Artist Exhibition, Houston (1937,1938,and 1939 honorable mentions); Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (1937 one-man); National Exhibition of American Arts, Rockefeller Center, New York (1937-38); Three German Painters (1938), Two Hundred Years of American Art (1946), Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; Golden Jubilee Exposition, State Fair of Texas, Dallas (1938); American Art Today Exhibition, New York World's Fair (1939); Dallas Museum of Fine Arts (1939 and 1942 one-man, 1945, 1971); Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco (1939-40); Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (1939); Annual Exhibition of West Texas Artist, Fort Worth Museum of Art (1939, 1940 prize); Lone Star Printmakers Circuit Exhibition (1940-42); Texas General Exhibition (1940-42, 1943 award, 1944-45, 1947 award); Southern States Art League Annual Exhibition (1941-42); Texas-Oklahoma General Exhibition (1941); Annual Texas Artists Circuit Exhibition (1943 prize, 1944 honorable mention,1945,1948); Annual Texas Print Exhibition, Dallas (1943 award, 1944, 1947 award); International Exhibition of Prints and Drawings, Elisabet Ney Museum, Austin (1943); Texas Panorama Exhibition, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts (1943) and American Federation of Arts (1944 traveling exhibition); Corpus Christi Caller-Times Annual Exhibition (1944); Baylor University, Waco (1946,1949); Blue Door Gallery, Taos (1947 one-man ); Texas Painting and Sculpture: The 20th Century, Owen Art Center, Southern Methodist University, Dallas (1971 traveling exhibition); Reuchlinhaus, Pforzheim, Germany (1988 one-man); E.D.K.--- The Early Years: 1913-1935, The Gallery, Southern Methodist University, Dallas (1992); Edmund Kinzinger---Cubist and Other Works: 1910-1950, Art Center, Waco (1992); Art for History's Sake: The Texas Collection of the Witte Museum, San Antonio (1993); Hock Shop Collection: Rediscovering Texas Artist of the Past, Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine (1997); Detroit Institute of Arts; University of Iowa, Iowa City; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; University of Oklahoma, Norman; Chicago, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and St. Paul, Minnesota; Berlin, Munich, Paris, and Stuttgart.
Collections: Dallas Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Witte Museum, San Antonio; Morrison Constitution Hall, Baylor University, Waco; University of Iowa, Iowa City.