(1884 - 1953)
Emry (Emery) Kopta was active/lived in California, Arizona / Austria. Emry Kopta is known for Indian portrait-bust sculpture, photographer.
Biography Emry Kopta
Born in Graz, Austria, Emry Kopta was a sculptor especially noted for his expressive terra-cotta portrait busts of Hopi Indians. Many of the models have been destroyed, but during his lifetime and after his death, several were cast in bronze. His work is described by art historian Patricia Broder as "strong, emotional statements of the tragedy of the Indian confined to life on the reservation. His sculptures express a deep sense of weariness and sorrow. The heads are realistically conceived, yet simplified in detail, to insure the strongest dramatic impact." (227-229)
Kopta was born in Graz, Austria and was raised in Czechoslovakia in privileged circumstances that included private tutors and school in Cologne, Germany. His father, We
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