About Chaz

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chaz in booth

Chaz began his unique style of drawing after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Economics (Go Panthers). After a brief stint at U.S. Steel as a cost analyst he headed west to sunny Southern California. He ended up in Laguna Beach and worked at a resort while working on a children’s book and his tan.

He moved up to Los Angeles to manage a multi-media theater for ABC Television called The Hollywood Experience. There he went to movie premieres, got to meet stars and thought he was cool. But he missed his family and his native Pittsburgh. Go Steelers, Go Pirates, Go Penguins, Go Panthers, Go Home. So he moved back to the ‘Burgh.

Chaz captures a rhino at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Chaz captures a rhino at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

He hadn’t seen snow for six years so that first winter back Chaz hid inside and drew. He settled down and worked for 12 years at Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. The amazing specimens at the Natural History Museum were a great influence along with the works at the Museum of Art and Andy Warhol Museum. The Omnimax films at the Science Center that were about nature were favorites. The Zoo, Phipps Conservatory and National Aviary also provided plenty of inspiration and nature in all its glory.

So Chaz bought a tent and display panels and started doing some shows. And kept doing drawings. Hope you like them.

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The Art of Chazmania

Chaz Letzkus did his first hidden images drawing back in the Seventies after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Economics. He was drawing a gazelle and the ears pointed up looked like the wings of a bird so he drew a bird. He made the eye of the gazelle a fish so it looked like the bird was swooping down on the fish. He added various animals and people to the drawing and the first Chazmania drawing was completed.

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