VICTOR CZERKAS (1914-2003)
Born: Sioux City, Iowa
Studied: Chouinard Art Institute
Member: San Gabriel Art Association
Victor Czerkas grew up in Iowa and there learned the sign
painting trade. In the 1930s he moved to Southern California where he worked
as a sign painter and freelance commercial artist. By the 1950s he was
employed by Universal Studios as a lettering artist, producing hand lettered
titles for major motion picture releases. In later years he did similar work
for ABC Television programs.
Throughout his life Czerkas also produced fine art watercolors
and oil paintings. He studied art in the 1930s then continued his art
education with private painting lessons from Nicolai Fechin. Most of his
early paintings depict regional California cityscape and landscape views.
These were often produced outdoors on location while viewing the subjects.
After 1978 he also produced works depicting subjects he found while
traveling in Europe, Russia, India, as well as areas in the Caribbean and
Victor Czerkas biography Courtesy Gordon McClelland, Author "California Watercolors 1850-1970".