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 Rudolf (Rudy) Czufin  (1899 - 1978)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts/Missouri / Hungary      Known for: portrait and landscape painting, commercial art, silversmithing

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Rudolf (Rudolph) (Rudy) Czufin  1899 - 1978
 
Born in 1899 in Budapest, Hungary, Rudolf Czufin was the youngest of four children born to Andrew and Marie Czufin.  In 1905 the family immigrated to the United States, and after initially arriving in Brooklyn, they finally settled in Brockton, Massachusetts.  His father, a former boot maker in Hungary, continued the support of his family as a shoemaker.  After graduation from high school Czufin initially began studying electrical engineering at Wentworth Institute in Boston then decided to study art at the Massachusetts School of Art.  Begun in 1873 as the Massachusetts Normal Art School, it was renamed the Massachusetts School of Art in 1929 and is now known as the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. 

Czufin also played the violin and paid his way through art school by playing summers with the Harry Woods Orchestra in Florida.  A noted composer and band leader, Woods had composed the song “When the Red Red Robbin Comes Bob Bob Bobbin Along” among many others.  (This song was a big hit in the late 1920’s.)  He also married Dorothy Cutting, a fellow student at the art school, and their first child was born in 1925. 

After graduation, Czufin was initially employed as an engraver for Reed & Barton in Boston – one of the finest and oldest silversmiths in America.  His first job was designing belt buckles for Hitler’s Army.  The artist, although he enjoyed specializing in portraits, found it hard to believe that he could support a wife and son doing art and thus made the decision to go into advertising.
 
Czufin worked for a number of advertising agencies, beginning with the Newell-Emmet Ad Agency in New York and later the Buchanan & Company advertising agency there.  In Detroit, he was employed by Brook, Smith & French, Incorporated, who held as part of their accounts the JL Hudson Company and the Sinclair Petroleum Company.
 
In 1942 Rudolf Czufin was hired by the Gardner Advertising Company in St. Louis, Missouri, as Vice President and Art Director.  In addition to his artistic abilities, he was well trained in all aspects of business and thus became a sought –after lecturer.   He also exhibited his artwork at the Annual Missouri Exhibitions held in St. Louis in 1942, 1943, 1950, and 1955.  In 1951 he had a home specially designed and built in Ladue, Missouri, by William Bernudy, a noted architect.  In addition, the family had been spending summers in Chatham, Massachusetts and in 1961 when he retired, he and his wife moved there permanently.
 
The artist maintained a studio in his home and continued to paint every chance he had until the time of his death in November, 1978.
 
 
Biographical information provided by the Czufin family.  Submitted by Edward P. Bentley, Art Researcher, East Lansing, Michigan

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