Americo Makk

Americo Makk is an internationally acclaimed master painter and the portrait artist of two United States Presidents.  The importance of his work has been recognized with numerous awards and honors over the past five decades, including the American Ecclesiastic Award,  the European Banner of the Arts, the Oscar dÕItalia and the Alfred Nobel Medal for Peace of the Einstein International Academy Foundation.  

Paintings by Americo Makk have been exhibited in museums and galleries in more than forty countries, and his art is collected by notable connoisseurs.  His wife, Eva, and their son, A.B., are also very accomplished painters.  Together, the Makks are known as Òthe worldÕs leading family of artists.Ó  

The Makks have been called "modern-day Michelangelos."  Working together, Eva and Americo painted large murals in sixteen cathedrals and churches on two continents.  This feat is unequaled by any other artist in our time, giving the Makks a place forever in art history.  Their most famous work, on the ceiling of the 150 year old cathedral in Manuas, Brazil,  is the worldÕs largest single-themed ceiling mural.

Americo Makk is also known as one of the worldÕs most respected portrait artists.  Notably, he was selected to paint portraits for the U.S. White House of President Ronald Reagan in 1984 and President Jimmy Carter in 1979.  He has also painted portraits of Cardinal Mindszenty for the Vatican and many celebrities including Eva Gabor, Barbara Carrera and Ray Price. 

Americo was born in Hungary in 1927. His formal training began at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest.  At the top of his class, he received a scholarship to Italy.  While studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome he met his wife, Eva.  The Makks moved to Brazil in 1949, and their reputation as brilliant young artists spread quickly throughout the nation.  They were appointed as professors at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sao Paulo, and later were named Official Artists of the Brazilian Government.  Among their many commissions was an unprecedented two year trek deep into the rain forest to paint the Amazon Indians.  In 1962 Americo Makk and his family moved to New York, then in 1967 they moved to Hawaii where they currently reside.