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Paul Peter Puzinas

artist , educator

Paul Peter Puzinas, Latvian artist, educator. Recipient medal for best painting of year and outstanding achievement in art, Los Angeles, 1950; first award Sixth International Madonna Art Festival, 1951; Grand National award American Artists Professional League, 1956; Emily Lowe award Allied Artists American, 1957; gold medal honor Hudson Valley Art Association, 1959; Andrew Carnegie award, 1964.

Background

Puzinas, Paul Peter was born on August 3, 1907 in Riga, Latvia. Son of Peter Paul and Anna (Rackovska) Puzinas.

Education

Master of Arts, Latvian State Art Academy, 1932. Academican, Lithuania, 1938.

Career

Came to the United States, 1947, naturalized, 1953. Professor arts Lithuanian State Art Academy, Kavnas, 1938-1940. Instructor Art League Long Island, 1956, Jackson Heights Art Club, New York City, since 1959.

Art director Lithuanian Days magazine, 1949-1957. Painting demonstrations television, art centers United States, 1950-1960. Established Paul Puzinas Art School, Little Neck, Long Island, New York, 1961.

Membership

Served with Lithuanian Underground Army, 1940-1945. Member Allied Artists of America, Society, American Artists Professional League, Hudson Valley Art Association, Art League Long Island Inc. Reconstructed Panevezys Cathedral, including paintings and murals, 1938.

Connections

father:
Peter Paul Puzinas

mother:
Anna (Rackovska) Puzinas