Makk Family - Musician, World Famous Painters

The Makk family are world famous painters that have been gifting the world with their beautiful paintings for over seven decades. Americo Makk (1927-2015) was an internationally acclaimed master painter and recognized with many awards and honors including the American Ecclesiastic Award, the European Banner of the Arts, the Oscar d'Italia, the Alfred Nobel Medal for Peace from the Einstein International Academy Foundation, the Outstanding Achievement Award for Western Paintings from the American Biographical Institute and the Gold Medal from the Hungarian Prime Minister for his donation of 13 murals accurately depicting Hungarian history.

With art exhibits in galleries and museums throughout the United States, France, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Monaco, Hungary, Brazil, Canada and Japan, Americo was even selected to paint a portrait of President Jimmy Carter in 1979 and President Ronald Reagan in 1984.

Eva Makk is just as talented and together with Americo painted large murals in sixteen cathedrals and churches on two continents. One of those murals is the largest single-themed ecclesiastical painting in the world stretching half a football field in length, or 28,800 square feet, on the ceiling of a 150 year old Cathedral in Manaus, Brazil. And their two murals housed at Queen of Peace in Aurora, Colorado are seen by more than 5,000 visitors each week.

Also known by her portraits, Princess Kyoko Osano of Japan, President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, and US Senator Daniel Akaka are among the many dignitaries who have selected Eva to create their portraits. But it is the emotion you can feel from her paintings that make you fall in love with Eva.

Their time in Brazil where they were commissioned to go on deep expeditions into the Amazon rain forest to paint the indigenous tribal people earned them the titles: Official Artists of the Brazilian Government. As many of those tribes no longer exist, the paintings have become a rare historical documentation of elusive tribal life.

Eva now resides in Hawaii with A.B. (Americo Bartholomew) Makk, her son, who has been exhibiting his paintings since the age of four by the insistence of his patron and first collector Don Jose Tupinamba de Frotas, a Bishop of Ceara, Brazil. AB has also been recognized with awards such as the Distinguished Americans Award for Excellence in Scenic Painting, the New York Graphic Society Recognition for Impressionistic Painting, and the Arpad Academy Gold Medal.

Now Eva and A.B. enjoy supporting charities and non-profits such as the American Heart Association Hawai'I, the Cancer League of Colorado, Global Down Syndrome, Habilitat, Make-A-Wish Hawai'I, Hawaii Theatre Center, National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii, Queens Medical Center, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, Veterinarians International and, of course, the Autism Today Foundation.

If you didn't catch Eva and A.B.'s paintings on Hawaii 5-0, then take a look at their gallery. Their beautiful artwork will also be available soon in the Autism Today Marketplace where they will be donating some of the proceeds of their art to the Autism Today Foundation where we hope to help budding new artists find their place in the world through our ARTS Network.

To the Makk family, we can only say thanks for making the world such a beautiful place!

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