A western snow scene shows the range of talent of the artists. They also studied American Indian art.
Eva, of Hungarian heritage was born in Ethiopia. Americo was born in Hungary. Soulmates Eva and Americo Makk met in a hall in Rome. At first glance, Americo declared he would marry her. But, always the gentleman, it took him seven months to ask for a date. Americo passed away in 2015, but before that the couple and the family shared art journeys and projects around the globe. The couple was always artists with no other profession. Their favorite subject matter: the whole world. Murals they have painted have become tourist attractions. Included in their ventures are the 13 years they were in Brazil creating amazing feats such as painting the curved ceiling in a cathedral that took two years of both Americo and Eva working on the scene. One can only imagine the challenge of scaffolding that high while linking Heaven with earth and the church as was their philosophy.
Finally, they came to the New York in 1962, with no English speaking skills, four suitcases, and very little cash and began painting right away in churches and galleries. “I knew I was home when I set foot on American soil,” said Eva. For health reasons, they wanted a warmer climate and bought a home in Hawaii in 1967.
Locally, Dr. Richard Kelley sat for the portrait Eva painted of him and artist wife Linda. In the background is a giclee of President Ronald Reagan created by Americo Makk. Courtesy of the Makk family.
Over the years, they have been commissioned to create portraits of Hollywood stars and singers and other famous people. Americo’s portrait of President Ronald Reagan was presented in the Oval Office and chosen to be in the Reagan Presidential Museum of American Treasures. Their subject matter ranges from portraits to westerns to floral and nature and much more. Eva is the resident artist at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu. She teaches VIPs in small painting classes where the medium is acrylic because it dries faster. Each student receives a certificate and an autograph. The Makk studio/office is on the third floor of their home in Hawaii and they have ties to other residents there who also have homes in the Denver area. In 2011, while Eva was hosted by and painting a portrait of Cherry Hills Villagers Dr. Richard and Linda Kelley, Edie Marks dropped by. Ever since, the Cancer League of Colorado has been a match with attendees at the major fundraiser having access to museum quality art for a wonderful cause. Even the pastor of Aurora’s Queen of Peace Catholic Church commissioned the Makks after finding out about them in Lahaina.
Denver has been Makketized in the best way. The Makks are coming back for Cancer League of Colorado’s Hope Ball on the evening of Saturday, May 12, at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center. They are donating another fabulous work of art around the gala theme “All that Jazz” measuring approximately 30” X 24” and valued at approximately $30,000. “We are in Denver because of Edie Marks,” said Eva. “So many give from the bottom of their hearts, so we, too give from our hearts. America is the most innocent and giving country in the world and I want to give as much as I can while I am still alive.”
As a family – the Makks painted “Trilogy” their first work together. A.B. studied under his parents primarily, enjoyed his first news clipping at age 4 and favors the palette knife. Not surprisingly, his wife, Sylvia is also an artist – modern.
Eva and A.B. during a holiday visit to Denver in 2017.
Eva Makk, paints meticulously and without messes in her ballgown at Cancer League’s 2017 Ball with son A.B. looking on. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
Works of art from the Makk family are versatile. The glossy box could be emblazoned with any Makk creation for corporate or personal gifts.
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