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Artist Liz Viztes


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Biography


Talent Inherited Through Generations
Over a century ago, Liz's great-grandmother loaded a horse-drawn cart with her pottery to sell in the market of a small village in Hungary. Liz's grandfather, Louis Jackovich, was born in America, but educated in Hungary. He came back to the States after World War I where he painted murals in churches in Pennsylvania. Primarily a self-taught artist whose strengths lay in portraiture, he also excelled musically, playing the piano, violin and cello. His many commissions included paintings of Christ for many American churches in the early '70's.
 
In 1971, Liz placed 2nd in watercolors for her age group in the State of Ohio PTA.  Liz had been in the first grade when the painting had been entered at the end of the school year without her knowledge.
 
While a student at Cleveland Heights High School, Liz drew cartoons for the student newspaper, drawings for the yearbook and contributed a pen & ink drawing depicting "Children of the Ghetto", that would later be published in 1986 in the book, Journal of Testimony: Volume III: The Legacy, for the generations after the Holocaust, a living Tribute to the Victims of the Holocaust by the classes of the 1980's.
 
After graduating high school, Liz attended The Cleveland Institute of Art and was steered into majoring in Graphic Design, subsequently earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in the field.  It was while taking a portrait painting class during her senior year at CIA, that Liz came to the realization that her talents were much better suited to the fine arts.
 
Liz's grandfather knew the promise of her talent, but he never saw its maturation.  He passed away over two decades ago.  A stroke had left him paralyzed on his left side and he lived the last seven years of his life in a nursing [...]

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