"Her Grandson", by Ed Kucera
2007 Award of Excellence recognition from the
DAVID EDWARD KUCERA was born in San Jose,
California. He first displayed his artistic nature at the
age of five, after being sent to his room as punishment for
a variety of mischievous deeds. As he sat wondering what
he could do to pass the time, he noticed a box of colored
crayons and four empty walls. One can guess what happened
At the age of ten, his family moved to Nebraska,
and while most of the kids his were helping with farm work,
he spent most of his time painting and drawing. In high school Kucera
was encouraged by his art teacher to pursue a career in art,
but this talented individual decided to focus his
life on a career in music, and in 1984, Ed graduated from the
Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, California.
Though playing music gave him some fond memories,
and some unique traveling experiences, his creative energy
eventually led him back to drawing and painting. He enrolled
at the Colorado Institute of Art (now the Art Institute of
Colorado). There he gained a reputation by winning illustration
contests and earning a Merit Scholarship, and in June 1991,
he graduated with honors, including Best Portfolio.
Ed came to a crossroad and decided to go into a career in fine
art instead of the commercial field. His work now adorns the walls
of many collectors internationally and is on display
in a U.S. Embassy overseas.
Kucera finds people of the Old West to be visually
and spiritually fascinating subject matter. Through a colorfully
rich palette, clever composition, and perspective his work
Among his recent recognitions is the Award
of Excellence received at the Oil Painters of America National
Exhibition & Sale in May 2006. In 2007, Ed also won an
Award of Excellence for a painting entitled "Her Grandson"
at the Oil Painters of America National Show and Exhibition.
He is a Masters Signature Member of the
Oil Painters of America.