Ralph Nelson (1914-1953) was born in Mt. Vernon, NY of Swedish-born parents. He began to draw and design for school plays in high school. Later, he worked on a W.P.A. art project producing a mural for the Mt. Vernon N.Y. Public Library. In the late 30s he was involved with the Surrealists who came to this county from Europe. One of his paintings was owned by Andre Breton. He was represented in the French Show for War Relief in 1942 and in the Art of This Century. Peggy Guggenheim purchased two of his gouaches. His work was included in the Whitney Museum's Annual Exhibition in 1947.