Born in Russia, Eli Jacobi's specialty was block
printing. He studied in Europe and Asia before coming to the US in
1920. He also studied at the Art Student’s League. He was successful
as amagzine and book illustrator be fore returning to painting in
1930. He exhibited at the Chicago Art Insitute, Museum of Modern Art
and the National Arts Club. He worked as a WPA artist and was a contributing
illustrator to Nation, Saturday Review and Living Age.