EMIL KOSA, JR. (1903 - 1968) "Magnify His Name" Oil on board, 24" x 36"
Emil Jean Kosa, Jr. (1903-1968). Muralist, painter, lithographer.
Emil Kosa Jr. was born in Paris France. Kosa Jr. was a prolific and much recognized painter of California landscapes, cityscapes, figures and florals. He was the son of a Czechoslovakian artist Emil Jean Kosa (1876-1955) and came to the United States in 1907. As a teenager, Emil Kosa, Jr. returned to Europe to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. In the late 1920s, he settled a home and studio in Los Angeles and studied and taught at the Otis and Chouinard Art Institutes. In the 1930s, he began a thirty-five year career as a special effects artist for Twentieth Century Fox studios, and in 1964, won an Oscar for the movie, Cleopatra. Emil Kosa, Jr. continually remained active as a watercolor painter, helping create the "California Style", devoted to watercolor painting of regional subjects. He was also very active in the Laguna Beach art community as a teacher. He was an elected member of the National Academy of Design.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"