We had some frames restored and through this process, I had the fortunate experience to meet Canadian artist Ernest Marza and view his artwork. I’m still a little speechless, and had dreams of his beautiful images all night long. Many paintings are set in the 1920’s;Â lovers dancing to music, menÂ in gangster hatsÂ with elegant women, horses and cowboys, partygoers, some mermaids, and a couple of paintings depicting Dracula. Those were my favourite.Â
He is also known for painting one of the Murals in Chemainus.
“I am from Transylvania, that part ofÂ Rumania that inspired the mural project here in Chemainus. You might say that my connection with the murals is a very strong one.”
Before emigrating toÂ Canada in 1956, Ernest Marza had spent most of his working life as a painter and sculptor in eastern Europe. He pursued his chosen career once here, supplementing it with studies at the Kootenay School of Art in BC. He then specialized in the art of restoration and conservation at San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, and at Sanomo, California. Marza now works as a artist, teacher, and restorer in Victoria, where he has had a long association with the “Little Gallery”. His paintings can be found in private collections throughout Canada, the US, and Germany, as well as in the permanent collections of Gulf Oil, BC Hydro, and other corporations.