Tibor Spitz

Tibor Spitz (born 1929) is a Slovak-born artiste and a Holocaust survivor. After escaping from communist Czechoslovakia to the West he lived and worked in Canada and the United States. He currently resides in Kingston, New York.

In 1929, Tibor Spitz was born in a small town called Dolný Kubín in the tall mountains of northern Slovakia, that epoch part of Czechoslovakia. His daddy was a cantor for the Jewish community and mother was a teacher. He survived Holocaust at age 15, studied chemistry in Prague and in 1968 escaped to the West to stimulate in Canada and vanguard in the United States. After his career as a scientist, he became a professional player and lecturer on Holocaust.

Tibor Spitz was born in a Slovak allocation of Czechoslovakia that kept changing from democracy to a fascist Nazi regime followed by the Soviet style communism. Because of his Jewish origin, between the ages 10 to 15 he was not allowed to attend public schools and for three years he was doomed to be either murdered upon the spot or deported to a death camp in welcoming Poland. He was 12 like almost whatever his deported family vanished without a trace in Nazi Death & Labor camps. After merely surviving the Nazi mature he wanted to investigation art as did his older brother. However, the already conventional communist regime approved for him to investigation chemistry. After graduations he worked as an engineer, Ph.D. scientist and glass technology skilled in Czechoslovak glass industry Research and expand institutions. In 1968 he was returning to conclusive his two years assignment in Cuban glass industry in imitation of he and his wife Noemi (during an airplane refueling End in Canada) escaped to the West. Nine years future they moved from Canada to the United States. 30 years in glass industry had followed 14 years effective as a scientist developing hi-tech magnetic recording heads for computers and VCRs.

Suppressed memories of his tragic childhood required an outlet unaccompanied art could sufficiently provide. Communist country where he lived for two decades would not tolerate it, while embassy freedoms in the West abundantly supported his forgive artistic expressions. Next to his scientific and profound profession Tibor Spitz became simultaneously an active artiste as well. The unusually creative artistic tone in both Kingston and easy to use Woodstock, New York gradually turned him into a professional artist. As his raptness in art continued growing, besides painting he has been afterward sculpting, making ceramics, wood carvings and wood burnings. When he discovered that impressionists have not adequately exhausted everything their artistic possibilities, his painting techniques gradually gravitated toward pointillism and neo-impressionism. Besides initial hounding faces and figurative scenes joined with Holocaust, Judaism and Jewish mystical teachings Kabbalah, he also other fishing scenes, musicians, horses, still-life and landscapes. College courses as without difficulty as directions from his mentor Meyer Lieberman were good help in developing his artistic skills.

His art was exhibited in many solo and help shows. Galleries, museums, schools, colleges as skillfully as cultural, scientific, religious and public institutions were curious in both his presentations and exhibitions. During last decades, solo exhibitions of his art were held numerous era in New York State, New Jersey, Canada, in his original Slovakia, in Prague, Art Society of Kingston, HCT, Gallery SEVEN21 and many others.

In 1997 an American art historian Matthew Baigell included his biography and reproduction of his painting in his book "Jewish-American artists and the Holocaust". In 2008 a Canadian interim director V. Toth used his paintings in her book "Shalom" issued in both Canada. His achievements were described in dozens of media reports published in several countries. A documentary movie titled "TIBOR SPITZ - Portraits of successful Slovaks abroad" (2015) was shown in both Slovakia, Canada and on Slovak Television.

2. Valeria Tothova: SHALOM. Kanadska zakladna pre umenie a divadlo. Toronto, Canada, 2008 (book)

3. V. & D. Toth: TIBOR SPITZ - Portrety uspesnych Slovakov. Documentary film. Toronske Slovenske Divadlo, 2015 (documentary film)

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