Albert Kotin was born in 1907 in Minsk, Russia, which is now Belarus and immigrated to the United States in 1908. In 1933, Kotin was employed under the government art program, WPA to produce large murals for federally owned buildings in three different American cities. World War II intervened, and Kotin joined the Army where he served making maps as a governmental cartographer. After the war, Kotin studied at the National Academy, Art Students League, Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, and Hans Hoffman School. Kotin went on to become an active member of the early generation of Abstract Expressionist artists in New York. Kotin also participated in the famous 9th Street Exhibition in New York and showed at the Stable Gallery. Kotin later held various teaching positions in New York. Kotin’s paintings have been exhibited at the Library of Congress, MoMA, Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, Berkely Art Museum, and Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.