Following high school, Katzman enrolled at the Art Institute of Chicago, but with the onset of World War II, he postponed his studies and joined the navy. After receiving a medical discharge, he returned to Chicago to work with Boris Anisfeld, who introduced him to German and French Expressionism. In 1947, funded by a travel grant, Katzman set off for Paris to study the great Expressionists firsthand. On his return to New York, where he currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts, Katzman showed urban landscapes and figure paintings that met with immediate success. Visually rather than intellectually responsive to his subjects, Katzman has recently completed a group of homage paintings that reflect his ongoing commitment to Expressionist masters Chaim Soutine, Edvard Munch, Oskar Kokoschka, and Marsden Hartley.
Virginia M. Mecklenburg Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press for the National Museum of American Art, 1987)