Lajos Markos

Lajos Markos (1917–1993) was a Hungarian artist from Budapest. A European, he was trained at the Royal Academy of Budapest. He came to the United States following World War II and quickly established himself in New York City as a major portraitist, with many of his subjects being celebrities such as John Wayne, Robert Kennedy, The Royal Family of King Hassan II, and Pablo Casals. In his lifetime, Lajos Markos completed over 2,000 portraits. In the 1960s, he moved to Houston, Texas, where he expanded his interest to the art of the American West. He also created an instructional video of classical portrait painting. Examples of his work are in the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, the Texas State Capitol in Austin, and the Zigler Museum in Jennings, Louisiana.