Stephen Juharos, a native of
Budapest, Hungary, began
painting at the age of seven. He
followed in the footsteps of his
father, an architect who painted
in his free time. Juharos received a Master of Arts diploma
at the Royal Hungarian State
University for Fine and Industrial Art. He was also awarded
the Gold Medal and a one-year
scholarship. At his first one-man show in Budapest, the
City of Budapest purchased one of his aquarelles for the
City Art Museum. The National Museum of Fine Art also
purchased another of his aquarelles.
In 1941, he entered military service, fighting to regain territories that had belonged to Hungary for over 1,000 years. During these campaigns, he continued painting and had two more art shows in Budapest. The war situation forced him to move to Northwest Germany where he was flooded with portrait commissions. Over 400 pieces of his fine artwork found their way into collections in Ireland, England, Finland, France and Germany.
Juharos moved to the United States in 1949. He continued to accept portrait commissions, including those of Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty for Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop of the United States; United States Senator Barry Goldwater; James Kemper, Ambassador to Brazil and Hathaway Kemper, Esquire, founders of Kemper and Lumbermans Insurance Company; Crownprince Otto von Habsburgh and his wife Princess Regina von Sachsen Meiningen and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. His portrait of Eisenhower is displayed in the city hallof Gettysburg, PA. During this time, his paintings were in shows from Florida to Maine to the Midwest, earning many First Place and other awards.
In 1961, Juharos built a studio, art gallery and personal home in Sedona, Arizona. Here he completed large murals for churches in Pittsburgh and Perriopolis, Pennsylvania; Montreal, Canada and Flagstaff, Arizona. His 35-foot by 50-foot ceiling mural for a Pittsburgh church is the largest ceiling mural in the United States. Other murals were commissioned for the Maplewood, New Jersey City Hall; main library of Northern Arizona University; Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, and the Tempe, Arizona City Hall.
He began teaching art classes in Germany. He continued his teaching career at the Academy for Arts in Newark, New Jersey; Rutherford, New Jersey; and in Prescott, Flagstaff and Sedona, Arizona. During the 60's he had an art instruction program for four-and-a-half years on Flagstaff Television, Channel 2.
In the '70's, Juharos completed a commission for a Texas collector comprised of six murals, 5-foot by 8-foot, depicting Biblical individuals of renown. In 1976, he finished a collector's plate with a bicentennial theme. A picture of this plate appeared in Art News and National Geographic magazine. One of these plates has been purchased by the new Midland, Texas Museum.