Famous Czechs - Czech Heritage Month
- Hi All,
Of course most of you have gone to a movie or two and thought,
"Wow! That scenery is great!" Most of the great stuff is added by the
Special Effects department at studios. Did you know: The first Academy
Award for Special Effects went to a Czech?
EMIL JEAN KOSA, JR.
Kosa (1903-4 Nov 1968) was best known as a landscape painter,
winning many awards and exhibiting his work in solo and group shows
throughout California. Between 1928 and 1933 he concentrated on murals.
Among the projects he completed outside Los Angeles were the Cathedral of
the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento and the Casino on Catalina Island.
Born in Paris, he and his family immigrated to the United States when he
was four years old, but in 1912 they moved back to Czechoslavakia. His
father, Emil Kosa, Sr., was a self-taught itinerant artist. Emil Jr.
began his art education at the Prague Academy, then continued his studies
in Los Angeles and Paris. He later taught art at Otis and Chouinard Art
institutes as well as at the Laguna School of Art. For 35 years Kosa was
a special effects artist for 20th Century Fox Studios, winning the first
Special Effects Academy Award in 1963 for his work on the film,
Cleopatra. In addition, between 1940 and 1968 he completed more than 75
Kosa spent the last 35 years of his life working for 20th Century
Fox studios as a special effects artist. In 1963 he won an Oscar for his
work on "Cleopatra" (20th Century-Fox, Ltd, 1963). During this time Kosa,
along with maintaining a studio-home in LA, decorated churches, theatres,
and private homes and continued teaching in Laguna Beach, California.
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