Painter, printmaker and sculptor, Anders (Andrew) Aldrin was borin Varmland, Sweden on August 29, 1889. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1911, settling in Minnesota. By 1923 he had relocated in Southern California and began his studies at the Otis Art Institute where he received the Huntington Assistance Award and a full scholarship to the Santa Barbara School of Art.
Aldrin learned the techniques of the Japanese color woodcut from Frank Morey Fletcher. In 1928, he studied for six months at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco before settling permanently in Los Angeles. That same year Aldrin made his first color woodcut and continued to experiment with the medium until 1937. Many of Aldrin’s woodcuts are listed in the G.S.A. survey of WPA artworks held in Non-Federal repositories.
Aldrin was a member of the California Art Club, California Water Color Society, and the Lose Angeles Art Association. He exhibited both locally and nationally. His work won several awards and is represented in numerous collections, including the Library of Congress, Boston Public Library, and Rutgers University.
Anders Aldrin died at the V.A. hospital in Sylmar, California on February 24, 1970.