Mitchell Siporin was a Social Realist American painter. His expressionistic realism, inspired by the Mexican mural movement of the 1930s, harnesses the formal experimentation of modernism to socially meaningful, often leftist content. Born in New York, he grew up in Chicago, where he studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and with Ukrainian-born printmaker and painter Todros Geller (1889–1949). In the 1930s he worked in Chicago on federal art projects, painting murals such as the multipanel Teaching of the Arts (1938) at Lane Technical High School. During World War II he served as an artist with the U.S. Army. In 1951, he founded the Department of Fine Arts at Brandeis University. In 1956, he became the first curator of the Brandeis University Art Collection.