Biography: Born in Russia, Soyer immigrated to the United States with his family, including his two brothers Raphael and Isaac, who also became artists. They settled in New York City, where Moses attended the Cooper Union, the National Academy of Design, the Ferrer Art School, and the Educational Alliance. He painted murals for the W.P.A. during the Great Depression, and like many artists of the period he worked in a social realist style. Soyer's primary interest was the human figure, and he remained rooted in the realist tradition throughout his career.