b. 1901 - d. 1981

Born in Muo, Yugoslavia in Montenegro on the Adriatic Coast, February 5, 1901. He was a Painter, illustrator, graphic artist, and photographer. Emigrated to US in 1908. His name was changed from Gratia Josef Prohaska to Raymond Joseph Prohaska at the suggestion of a school teacher. He became an American citizen.

President of the Society of Illustrators, NYC, 1959-61.

Studied: California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco, Ca.

Worked: As an art director in Chicago and New York for several years before becoming a successful illustrator for major magazines including, Delineator, American Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, McCalls, Colliers, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, and The Saturday Evening Post.

Author: A Basic Course in Design, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1972.

Academic Positions:
  • Artist-in-residence: Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va. 1963-69.
  • Artist-in-residence: Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC 1969-74.
  • Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibitions
  • 1st in semi-abstract group 1946
  • 1st prize painting, 1950
  • 1st prize watercolor 1951
  • 3rd prize oil 1952
  • Honorable Mention 1961,1966 and 1967
  • One-man show award, 1963
  • Hallmark Art Award 1949
  • Audubon Artists Anonymous award 1954
  • Audubon Artists Minnie R. Stern Memorial Medal 1956
  • National Society of Painters in Casein Joseph Meyer Prize 1956
  • M. Grumbacher 1st Prize 1958
  • New York City Art Center Honorable Mention 1958
  • Casein Painters Honorable Mention 1962
  • John Marin Memorial Award, Watercolor Springfield Art Museum, Mo. 1962
  • Society of Illustrators Gold Medal 1963
  • Medal 1963, The American Academy of Arts and Letters Childe Hassam Fund
  • Elected to Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame 1972
  • Purchase Award 1972
  • Butler Art Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
  • Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA
  • Krannert Art Gallery, University of Illinois
  • Georgia Museum of Fine Art, Athens, GA
  • Miami Museum of Modern Art, Miami, FL
  • Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD
  • University of Maine, Orono, ME
  • Phoenix Museum of Art, Phoenix, AZ
  • International Telephone and Telegraph Company New York City
  • Integrated Design Corporation, Beverly Hills, CA
  • U.S. Air Force Historical Society Collection
  • Permanent Collection Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY
  • Sanford Lowe Collection
  • New Britian Museum of Art, New Britian, CT
  • Permanent Collection of Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Theodore Lyman Wright Art Center, Beloit College, Beloit, WI and many personal collections in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and elsewhere.


  • Art Directors Clubs of, NYC, St.Louis, Detroit, and Cleveland
  • Society of Illustrators, NYC
  • Audobon Artists
  • Butler Art Institute
  • National Academy of Design
  • Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Pennsylvania Academy
  • Elaine Benson
  • Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
  • Southampton College
  • University of Virginia
  • Randolph-Macon College
  • Hollins College
  • Springfield Art Museum
  • Wildenstein Gallery
  • Nordness Gallery
  • Chase Gallery
  • Contemporaries Gallery
  • Washington and Lee University
  • Guild Hall of East Hampton
  • National Society of Casein Painters
  • Virginia Museum for Biennial 1965-69
  • American Drawing Biennial, Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences 1969
  • North Carolina Museum of Art Annual, 1971-73
  • Upstairs Gallery, East Hampton, NY one-man show 1972, and group shows 1973 and 1974
  • American Academy of Arts and Letters, N.Y. 1972
  • Society of Illustrators, NYC, retrospective of artist’s life’s work, 1979