Stanley Meltzoff was born in
1917. He served in World War II during which he became art
editor of Stars and Stripes in Africa and Italy. After the
war he resumed teaching (C.C.N.Y. and at Pratt Institute),
continuing his own painting and learning to be an illustrator.
His first major opportunity was an assignment to do covers
for the reborn Scientific American. He eventually painted
60. His most notable advertising assignments were new chemical
products for Rohm and Hass and a long list of subjects for
United Engineers. Illustrations and covers were made for The
Saturday Evening Post, Argosy, Field and Stream, and above
all, Life. Subjects ranged in history fro prehistoric mastodon
hunts, ancient Greece, the America Civil War, and political
history to present-day high steel workers. Having been a diver
by avocation for most of his adult life, Meltzoff was assigned
to paint fish underwater for Dick Gangel at Sports Illustrated.
Finding himself almost alone in this field he became a specialized
painter of submersive subjects for Sports Illustrated and
later National Geographic. In the process, his market gradually
shifted to art galleries and large limited edition prints.