Emil J. Kosa, Jr. (11/28/1903-11/04/1968) was born in Paris, France. He is regarded as one of California's foremost 20th century realists. Known as a mural painter and portrait painter, he was a member of the American Watercolor Society, the California Watercolor Society, and several other organizations. Kosa received numerous awards including a bronze medal from the Panama-Pacific Exposition in 1928, two prizes from the American Watercolor Society in 1939, and first prize from the National Academy of Design in 1949. He was a special-effects artist and the art director for Twentieth Century-Fox Studios from 1933 until 1968. During that time he won an Oscar for special effects in "Cleopatra." Kosa exhibited at the California Watercolor Society, the National Academy of Design, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art over a period of forty years. His paintings are included in the permanent collections of several museums including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the USC Fisher Gallery, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Art in Boston. Kosa died November 4, 1968.