Born in Balta
(Russia) December 19, 1905 into a
well-to-do family of grain dealers in Crimea.
In 1918 his father sends him to study drawing
and painting with MaÓtre Ilya Bersetski in Odessa.
In 1919 the Pricert family were forced by the
October Revolution to leave Russia and escaped to Rumania. Raphael Pricert
pursues his artistic studies in the Art School of Bucharest.
1923 Raphael Pricert went to Florence to study at the Florence Art Academy
with Bastianini, Trentacosta, Felice Carena etc.
In 1928 he wins the second prize of the Florence
Academy of Arts and then returns to his family in Bucharest, Rumania.
In 1929 a Russian theatre company stages a play
by Chekov in Bucharest. He spends his evenings in the theatre wings,
drawing the portraits of the actors, and soon becomes their friend. During
his stay in this city he takes part in an exhibition and decides to give
up the material security his
family offers him, to dedicate himself to art. He moves to Zurich Ė
Switzerland, where he finds he can make a living from drawing for
advertising. He also spends much time drawing and painting.
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