March 27, 2011
American Hungarian Museum,
JUDIT (UDITA) LEBERG-SHAPIRO
Painter, Musician, Teacher
László_Kerkay, text: Emese Kerkay
Leberg-Shapiro was born in Ungvár (Uzhgorod), Transcarpathia,
which is now part of the Ukraine, in an area which was populated by
Hungarians. She was born into a Hungarian-Jewish family. Even-though
she lived in a rural area, her talents were recognized early and at
the age of ten she had participated in children's exhibitions in
sixteen different countries and won many awards. She was also an
accomplished musician, but she chose visual arts for her profession.
She attained success in the Soviet Union, and eventually her works
were shown in the USA. Judit was awarded scholarships to study at
the prestigious Surikov Art School in Moscow. She was also a student
at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest.
Judit immigrated to the
USA in 1974. Now she lives, works and teaches among us, in the
Greater Passaic area. The life of Judit, an exceptional talent and
personality, reflects the life of many who lived in the "Kárpátalja"
area of historic Hungary.
"The concept of one's
affirmation of life through the continuous process of observation is
essential for my work as an artist. Images of the individual and the
world that surrounds him is my primary inspiration."
about age 15
Leberg-Shapiro was introduced by Kalman Magyar,
Director of the American Hungarian Museum in Passaic, NJ
with her husband...
...and one of her