Frank Szasz

Frank Szasz was born on August 1, 1925, in Budapest, Hungary, and passed away on Friday, March 10, 1995 at KU Medical Center, KCK.

Frank was a young man, and considered Jewish, at the time of World War II. More than once he literally owed his life to his art. He worked for the underground making documents during WWII. Then, as a 19-year old art student, celebrating the end of the war, he was conscripted off the streets by occupying Soviet troops and transported to a forced-labor camp in the Soviet Union.

He would bargain with guards for food and discovered they wouldn’t honor the trade of a portrait so began leaving an ear undone until he was compensated. Another story was of prolonging the painting of a giant portrait of Stalin by using motor oil as the binder – which never dried.

Frank came to the United States in 1957, at the time of the Hungarian Revolution. Joyce Hall brought him from New York to Kansas City to join the art staff at Hallmark Cards. He also taught painting at the Kansas City Art Institute and Rockhurst College.

The Albert Einstein portrait by Frank was our first Global PathMarker. Fred Culver saw the painting on the easel in the studio Fred rented to Frank and wished aloud, “There must be something they could do” with the image. As Frank was working on a commission, the painting wasn’t for sale. However, he explained that he always retained publishing rights. Fred and Frank struck a gentleman’s deal, a handshake, to forgive back rent for the right to publish the Einstein portrait.

Frank Szasz, Fred Culver, Count BasieSzasz also painted our Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and Mark Twain, as well as Eleanor Roosevelt, Albert Schweitzer, Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan, Franz Liszt, Pope John XXIII, and a series of Native Americans: Iroquois Chief Leon Shenandoah, Mohawk Chief Jake Swamp, Tom Banyacya of the Hopi, Black Elk as an Elder, a Medicine Woman, a Dancer, a Youth and a Young Child for the Global PathMarkers that we have available in a special limited edition of biographical bookmarks.

We are also pleased to offer Szasz’s portrait of Carl Gustav Jung, published by CCHD Jung Project, KCMO. Mary Dian Molton arranged for the portrait.

The Maria Montessori portrait was painted by Ernst Ulmer after Frank’s death.

All of the Global PathMarkers images are copyrighted, and all rights are reserved.

Albert Einstein "Imagination is more important than knowledge.'
MLK poster
Albert Einstein "Imagination is more important than knowledge.'
Teilhard de Chardin
Pope John Paul II
Mother Teresa
Gandhi "Real beauty is my aim."