Gene Szafran was born in Hamtramck, Michigan. He
The College for Creative Studies and
Society of Arts and Crafts in Detroit,
where he later taught. He was also an instructor
at the famed Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.
He got his start in the Detroit studios, working on
auto advertisements and free-lance projects.
Gene was not afraid to experiment and drew
incessantly throughout his life. He produced
sculpture, drawings, paintings,  watercolors and more.
Gene produced over 125 paperback covers
for various publishers including Bantam Books
and New American Library.  His work appeared
on books by Robert A. Heinlein, Robert Silverberg,
Ray Bradbury, Poul Anderson and many others.
Silverberg's 'The Second Trip' cover is a sculpture.
He also did work for many magazines,
including Boy's Life, Cosmopolitan, Fortune,
McCall's, Penthouse and Playboy.
Gene illustrated children's books, a cookbook,
religious pamphlets, many record albums,
and won the 1969 Grammy for the Rhinoceros cover.
He also took many artistic photographs,
several of which he appeared in.
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Thanks to Lynne Pauls Baron, Lisa Jaskot,
Dave LeClair, Attila, Jeff Elmquist,
Ingrid Norton,Timothy Bransonand
& Beth H.  for their help.
Thanks also to those who posted art on the internet.

A special thanks to Kurt Hilzinger who has increased
my knowledge of Gene and his art immeasurably.

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April 11, 1941 - Jan. 8, 2011
Gene Szafran Playboy May 1967
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Gene Szafran
Gene Szafran's Wife Marilyn Despres has
been kind enough to share a part of her
story with us. You can read that
I can't thank her enough for how generous
she has been with her time and sharing of
information, art and photos.