Sylvia Makk is noted for her modern bold strokes and her bright contemporary impressionist works. Originally from Ontario, Canada, just outside of Toronto, Sylvia received a B.A. in Urban Geography with Honors, as well as a Masters in Library and Information Science. She joined the Makk family in Hawaiꞌi in 1986 and now spends a large portion of her time managing the family business. Painting is her passion and she strives to break away to paint whenever possible.
Sylvia was exposed to the arts from early on, as her family traveled to Europe often, visiting many great museums and art galleries. As a child, she enjoyed passing the time doodling on any paper she could get her hands on. After joining the “Makk family of artists”, she began experimenting with acrylics. Moving to oil paints on canvas, she enjoys using bold colors and large strokes with palette knife and brush to achieve various compositions from fields of flowers to abstract waterfalls, from modern sunsets to serene lily ponds.
Sylvia’s collectors include residents of Hawaiꞌi as well as clients from around the world. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and events in Hawaiꞌi, the mainland U.S., Canada, and Japan. Debuted in Pacific Edge Magazine’s first issue as Details Gallery’s premiere artist, Sylvia Makk has since grown in recognition within the artist community on a world-wide scale.
Personally commissioned to create fun, eclectic pieces for a premiere Japanese brand of wedding shops and entertainment venues, Sylvia puts her love of the whimsical into the piece and fuses it with the beauty of her island home. The first of the family to create “Mini Makks”, her work ranges from scenic pieces for your desk, to impressive pieces to boldly display. Sylvia has been recognized for her fresh outlook evident in her paintings.
Photography has been a love of Sylvia’s since her teenage years. In 2016 she became a professional photographer after being commissioned for a design project which is ongoing.
Sylvia Makk enjoys sharing her art to help raise funds for many non-profits, including the American Heart Association Hawaiꞌi - both to the Heart Ball and Black Tie and Blue Jeans Event, Elevate Toronto, Cancer League of Colorado and the Rotary Foundation. Sylvia is a member of the Rotary Club of Waikiki. Her art has been rented for sets on Hawaii Five-O.