Eugene Ludins was born in Mariupol, Ukraine and moved to the Bronx, New York, at a young age. He attended the Art Students League and from 1928 to 1932, he lived and worked in the Maverick Artists Colony in Woodstock. He spent time around 1932 in New Mexico, and later, at the age of 40, enlisted in the Army. He was changed by the experience and the horrors of war would strongly influence his artistic career, as Art Roll wrote: "his war experiences seep into the imagery." Ludins was also a director of two Federal Art Projects and taught at the University of Iowa. He later moved back to Woodstock and would spend the rest of his life there. His paintings are in the collection of the Whitney Museum, and his representational art, often fantasistic and surrealistic, has been shown in solo exhibitions across the United States.