Born in South America, Paul Grimm was a desert and mountain landscape painter whose Palm Springs, California gallery attracted many prominent persons who became collectors of his work, including President Dwight Eisenhower, with whom he forged a great friendship, and who was a major collector of his work. He came to the United States from South Africa at the age of seven. When he was eighteen, he won a scholarship in Rochester New York to study at the Dusseldorf Royal Academy in Germany. In 1919, he moved to Hollywood, California where he painted backdrops for movie studios, and in 1932, he settled in Palm Springs and maintained a small studio gallery there. Grimm spent much of his summer time painting in the High Sierras, but he is known for his scenes of the changing moods of the Southern California desert. He also painted missions and Indian portraits. His works are in many museum and fine private collections worldwide.