William Weintraub (1926-2017) was born in Baltimore, Maryland William and was known as one of Israel's best known portraitist of Israeli people. Weintraub is a graduate of the Maryland Institute of Art. He studied under renowned teacher Jacques Maroger.
As a volunteer in the US Merchant Marines in 1944, Weintraub found his subjects in his trips to Europe and the Mediterranean. In 1947, he joined the crew of the old SS Hatikva which was being used by the Jewish underground to transport refugees from Europe. On his first voyage, the slow ship was intercepted by British destroyers and all those aboard were interned in Cyprus. Sketches he made there of life in the detention camp were confiscated. After a brief internment in Cyprus, Weintraub arrived in Israel to participate in the War of Independence.
Following a stint in the Israeli Merchant Navy, Weintraub settled in Tel Aviv in 1955 to dedicate all his time to painting. He has held successful one-man shows and participated in group exhibits in Israel and abroad.