|Who is it?||Painter|
|Birth Day||November 05, 1925|
|Birth Place||Los Angeles, California, United States, United States|
|Age||95 YEARS OLD|
|Died On||February 8, 1969(1969-02-08) (aged 43)\nLos Angeles|
|Education||Otis Art Institute, Art Center College of Design, Chouinard Art Institute|
Altoon was diagnosed as schizophrenic in his late 30s and suffered bouts of depression and paranoia . In the early 1960s he became a patient of Dr. Milton Wexler a prominent psychoanalyst who restored his ability to work and from then until his death became the most productive and stable years in his life. He was "possessed by real demons," Larry Bell remembers.
Leah Ollman describes his life a 1999 article in Art in America, "With his outsized personality and reckless intensity, John Al Toon loomed large in the L.A. art scene of the '50s and '60s.