Moritz Kellerman was born in Nicaragua and received a bachelor's degree in art history from the University of Washington in 1981. He continued his education in painting and drawing at Corpus Christi State University. He later went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts in painting and drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1988. As a graduate student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he was inspired by the work of the 20th century artists, Willem de Kooning and Richard Diebenkorn. That influence can be seen in his earlier works. Kellerman was is also inspired by the work of the Old Renaissance Masters and that influence was and still is a big part of his painting process today. Since 1981, he has exhibited at a wide range of college campuses, museums and galleries, in both solo and group shows. His works are included in numerous public and private collections nationwide. As a tenured full time professor, he teaches studio art and art history at Oakton Community College near Chicago, IL.