John Altoon

About John Altoon

Who is it?: Painter
Birth Day: November 05, 1925
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States, United States
Education: Otis Art Institute, Art Center College of Design, Chouinard Art Institute
Known for: Painting
Spouse(s): Roberta Lunine

John Altoon

John Altoon was born on November 05, 1925 in Los Angeles, California, United States, United States, is Painter. John Altoon was an influential avant-garde American artist of his time who dominated the art scene of 1950s and ‘60s Los Angeles. Most of his works came under abstract expressionism, the first true artistic movement that emerged out of America. He rose to prominence as a part of a group of artists referred to as the ‘Ferus Group’ because of their association with the Ferus Gallery. This group included artists like Edward Keinholtz, Robert Irwin, Ed Ruscha, Ed Moses and Larry Bell among others. A highly popular figure in all his circles, this boisterous painter was a very passionate individual whose personality left a far greater legacy than his artistic works. By the end of his thirties, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and he was only 43 when he passed away following a massive heart attack. This marked the tragic end to the life of a lively, boozing, skirt-chasing man harried by bouts of depression and episodes of mania that was often destructive and violent.
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As per our current Database, John Altoon has been died on February 8, 1969(1969-02-08) (aged 43)\nLos Angeles.

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When John Altoon die, John Altoon was 43 years old.

Popular As John Altoon
Occupation Painters
Age 43 years old
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Born November 05, 1925 (Los Angeles, California, United States, United States)
Birthday November 05
Town/City Los Angeles, California, United States, United States
Nationality United States

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John Altoon’s zodiac sign is Sagittarius. According to astrologers, Sagittarius is curious and energetic, it is one of the biggest travelers among all zodiac signs. Their open mind and philosophical view motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. Sagittarius-born are able to transform their thoughts into concrete actions and they will do anything to achieve their goals.

🌙 Chinese Zodiac Signs

John Altoon was born in the Year of the Ox. Another of the powerful Chinese Zodiac signs, the Ox is steadfast, solid, a goal-oriented leader, detail-oriented, hard-working, stubborn, serious and introverted but can feel lonely and insecure. Takes comfort in friends and family and is a reliable, protective and strong companion. Compatible with Snake or Rooster.

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John Al Toon was married to the Actress Fay Spain from 1959 to 1962. He was married to Roberta ("Babs") Lunine from 1966 until his death in 1969.


Altoon was diagnosed as schizophrenic in his late 30s and suffered bouts of depression and paranoia . In the early 1960s he became a patient of Dr. Milton Wexler a prominent psychoanalyst who restored his ability to work and from then until his death became the most productive and stable years in his life. He was "possessed by real demons," Larry Bell remembers.


Leah Ollman describes his life a 1999 article in Art in America, "With his outsized personality and reckless intensity, John Al Toon loomed large in the L.A. art scene of the '50s and '60s.

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