Joseph Michael Yuhasz received his BA in Art from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California, with graduate studies at UCLA, USC and UC at San Francisco. To satisfy his love of art and medicine, he went on to receive an additional degree from Johns Hopkins University Medical School in Art as Applied to Medicine.
Yuhasz had enjoyed a long, distinguished and successful career as a nationally published illustrator of several Medical and Scientific books along with educational pamphlets. He was an instructor of Medical Illustration at UC San Francisco, created animated films for American Medical International and was a free lance illustrator and Medical Legal consultant.
Upon retiring from the medical end of art he put his extensive anatomy and drawing abilities to what he realized was his true passion, oil painting. Often referred to as a colorist, Yuhasz revels in capturing the design of a still life, the freedom of Plein Air painting, and the complexities of the inner soul of a portrait subject − then translating them onto his canvas.
Furthering his education, he studied under renowned Russian Impressionist Sergei Bongart, American Impressionist Charles Movalli and noted Lincoln sculptor, Merrill Gage.
Joseph Yuhasz has lectured, given demonstrations for various artists’ organizations and held classes in his Malibu studio. He has exhibited his work nationally with paintings and drawings held in private collections throughout North America and Europe.
He was selected by the Oil Painters of America to show in their exhibition at the Veneer Fine Arts Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. Additional exhibitions have been held at the following locations; McLean Gallery in Malibu California; Dassin Fine Art Galleries in Hollywood California; Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art in Malibu, California; Pasadena Historical Museum and Gallery in Pasadena, California; Phippen Museum in Prescott, Arizona; Pasadena Museum of California Art in Pasadena, California; and at Younger Gallery in Bakersfield, California.
Among his honors are – First Prize Still Life, California Art Club Gold Medal Competition, San Marino, CA; Exceptional Merit, National Portrait Society, New York, New York; Certificate of Excellence, California Art Club Gold Medal Juried Exhibition ten years in a row, Pasadena of California Art, Pasadena California.
His work was cited by International Artist Magazine to be of exceptional merit and was selected to be included in their book, “How Did You Paint That? 100 Ways to Paint People”. Yuhasz has been featured in American Artist Magazine and Art–Talk.
If you are interested in viewing JMY’s entire collection, please call or email us and we would be happy to meet with you for a private showing.
Joseph Michael Yuhasz was born November 11, 1921. Joe passed away April 22, 2010 at 5:20 AM at his home in Malibu on a beautiful day that brought a clear and crisp morning, and a light sprinkle of rain in the early afternoon. His wife Char and daughter Lisa were by his side. The entire immediate family and his grandkids all said their goodbyes. A paintbrush and tube of paint in hand from daughters Lisa, Dana, and granddaughter Carli, a fishing fly from his son Jeff, surfwax from his son-in-law Kerry, chocolate from his grandson Logan, strength and admiration from grandsons Cody and Taylor, and lots of love from everyone. A wonderful and amazing man, a brother, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He lived a great life and was a good person that loved his family. There is so much to be proud of in his 88 years of life, love, and many accomplishments. He was a fighter to the end. Peace be with you Joe.