A.B. (short for Americo Bartholomew) took up brush and palette as normally as other children reach for ice cream cones. He was exhibiting his paintings at the age of four by the insistence of his patron and first collector Don Jose Tupinamba de Frotas, a Bishop of Ceara. The Brazilian press reviewed these young works and wrote enthusiastically about the "Little Picasso."
A.B. is noted by clients for his fantastic landscapes and waterscapes created by layering oil paint with a palette knife. He finds inspiration in the natural beauty of Hawaiꞌi where he has lived and worked since 1967, as well as the tropical climate of his childhood in Brazil, and adventurous days in Long Island, NY.
Distinguished actors George Montgomery and Charlton Heston are among the many collectors who enjoy A.B.’s paintings, along with Nathan Ancell, co-founder of Ethan Allen.
His work is collected and exhibited widely, with museum and gallery exhibitions in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. A.B. has also been recognized with a number of awards, such as Distinguished Americans Award for Excellence in Scenic Painting, New York Graphic Society Recognition for Impressionistic Painting, and the Arpad Academy Gold Medal.
Born in 1951 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, A.B. Makk is the son of artists Eva Makk and Americo Makk. His childhood contained extraordinary experiences, which undoubtedly evidence themselves today in his painting style. A.B. traveled with his parents from a very young age as they received exciting painting commissions throughout Brazil. When only seven years old, he traveled deep into the Amazon jungle with his parents during their commission from the Brazilian Government to paint the indigenous tribal people.
A.B. Makk's art training includes studies throughout Brazil. He came to the United States with his parents in 1962, attended school in New York, and moved with them to Hawaiꞌi in 1967. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Hawaiꞌi with a double-major in Psychology and Spanish, A.B. decided to officially become part of the “Makk family of artists”.
Along with Eva Makk (his mother) and Sylvia Makk (his wife), A.B. enjoys helping local and mainland charities, traveling often to attend their events and galas. These non-profits include the American Heart Association Hawaiꞌi, Cancer League of Colorado, Make-A-Wish Hawaiꞌi, Hawaii Theatre Center and Veterinarians International.
Hawaii Five-O has used A.B.’s paintings on active sets.