George Kovach was born of Hungarian descent in Cleveland, Ohio. It was during his childhood on an Ohio farm that art became the focus of George’s life. There he strived to capture on canvas the beautiful countryside that surrounded his home. He attended and graduated from the Art Institute of Miami and became a full-time artist in 1972. George is busy painting at either his home in Texas or his summer studio in New Mexico.
A founding member of the Texas Cowboy Artist Association, George was awarded a gold medallion three years consecutively for best oil painting. In 1976, at the request of Governor Dolph Briscoe, George represented Texas for the State’s Cultural Achievements during the Bi-Centennial celebrations in Philidelphia. George co-illustrated XIT, The American Cowboy, a major book publication by Oxmoor House. In December 1993, “US Art” magazine featured George as one of the Top 10 Artists to watch for during 1994, and as one of the Top 25 Artists of 1993. George’s sold-out print, “Harvest at Holy Hill” was ranked among the Top 25 prints of 1993 by galleries across the country. He has been commissioned to do puzzles, calendars, and notecards to be distributed in Japan. AMCAL commissioned him to produce 1996 and 1997 calendars, notecards, and Christmas cards. His other commissions include two collector plate series, figurines, and limited edition villages.
George’s landscapes also reflect the sensitivity and warmth which flows from the artist to the canvas. Each painting, eloquent and rich with the artist’s unique lighting effect, has put his work in demand. Concise and quiet in manner, George is dedicated to the integrity of his profession and strives for authenticity and accuracy in each work. In his own words, “painting is a way of communicating my thoughts and feelings and the joy that I receive from my art.” As one stands before a Kovach painting, nostalgia is brought into vivid focus as he masterfully takes the viewer on a personal journey through time where the romance of the past is brought back to life.