Kalman Aron‘s (1924-2018) successful career spanned eight decades.
Born a child prodigy in Riga, Latvia in 1924, Kalman Aron began drawing at age three and at age seven had his first gallery show of drawings which sold in one day.
In 1941, his life changed forever. The Germans invaded Latvia, killing his parents.
Assigned to slave labor for the duration of the war, Aron was moved through seven concentration camps from Riga to the Baltic Forest, to Poland, Germany and then Czechoslovakia over the course of four years.
In the Riga ghetto, Aron was able to survive when German soldiers discovered his skills as an artist.
Camp guards and officers asked Aron to make small portraits of family members in exchange for scraps of bread.
Aron’s artistic skills also helped shield him from grueling slave labor that killed many other Jewish inmates.
Aron painted through all decades, it is his Holocaust art that is most moving, most memorable.
More of Kalman Aron’s art can be found at https://www.kalmanaron.com.