Frank Mechau (1904-1946) traveled to Europe in 1929 where he was heavily influenced by the Cubist painters. Prior to his European excursion, Mechau studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Denver. He also spent several years in New York City studying works exhibited in museums. In 1934 he was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. He later taught at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and at Columbia University. Mechau also worked as a Life Magazine artist correspondent during WWII where he traveled frequently to Pacific military bases. His work can be found in many United States collections, and he has exhibited at numerous galleries and museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Corcoran Gallery Biennial.