Martin Leisser was a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania artist that initially received instruction from some of the region’s older artists including George Hetzel. His formal training would be achieved at the Academie Julian in Paris and the Academy in Munich.
Leisser traveled extensively as evidenced by his many paintings depicting places in Hawaii, the Pacific Northwest, California, Georgia, Florida, the New England coastline and many European destinations as well. In addition to these landscapes, he would do an occasional still life and some income-producing portraits.
Martin Leisser lived a long and interesting life. He left his mark on the Pittsburgh art community. He joined other area artists at Scalp Level near Johnstown, Pennsylvania on summer sketching trips. He served as Headmaster of the School of Design, a founder of the Art Society of Pittsburgh, on the original Fine Arts Committee for the Carnegie Institute and played a major role in convincing Andrew Carnegie to include an art school.
At his death, the Leisser Art Fund was established to provide scholarships and awards for artists in Pittsburgh and Munich.