Seymour Rosenthal was born in the Bronx in 1921. He started drawing with crayons and pencils at the tender age of five and hasn't stopped at the age of 81. Rosenthal grew up during the Depression of the thirties and the rise of Fascism, He became aware of the injustices economically, politically and socially in his society and documented them by painting scenes of his childhood and growing up in the early 1900's. His themes encompass his jewish heritage capturing life in the Bronx, on Orchard Street (in lower Manhattan) and in Queens.
The second world war and the Holocaust left their mark on Rosenthal's psyche. In ho " Homage to Six Million", Rosenthal expressed a debt to humanity, urging the world to never to "forgive or forget!"
from Morris High School he spent several years working in the
garment center delivering textiles and drew sketches and drawings
of his surroundings. He then went on to work as a lithographer
in lower manhattan and joined the Local One-L Amalgamated Lithographers
of America. Working as a lithographer brought Rosenthal great
joy, but his happiest time was when he left his lithographing
job and branched out on his own as a full-time artist working
with pencils, oils and watercolors.