Born into a family of artists, Edouard Antonin Vysekal was exposed to art throughout his childhood in Prague. When he was a teenager he immigrated to the United States and studied art in Chicago before moving to California. In Southern California Vysekal and his wife Luvena, also a well-known artist, were at the vanguard of an emerging modernist aesthetic. The pair were active contributors to avant-garde groups such as the California Progressive Painters and the Group of Eight. Vysekal taught drawing and landscape painting at the Art Students League of Los Angeles and then the Otis Art Institute until his death in 1939.