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 Valeria K. Dopyera DeMarsa  (1901 - 1985)

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Lived/Active: California / Czech Republic      Known for: china painting, art education, ceramics

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Valeria K (Dopyera) DeMarsa Frost Field  (Apr. 2, 1901 -Jan. 2, 1985)

Valeria K (Dopyera) DeMarsa was born in Czechoslovakia, April 2, 1901.  In 1908, she with her parents, immgrated to the United States. She is living in Los Angels in 1910 [Federal census]

By 1919 she is found in Ford City (just north of Taft), Kern County, California, by the  following year, 1920, she is hired as an Art teacher in Los Angeles Schools.

In 1926 she is living in Ford City with her husband, Clarence S DeMarsa (Born 22 Jul 1890 - Michigan).

By 1930 she is once again in Los Angeles [Federal census], and in 1933 she is operating Triangle Studios in the  city of El Monte. Vallona Starr Ceramics is her trade name.

When  World War II breaks out she is still married to  Clarence DeMarse, but  also have Everett S Frost in their household.  About 1953 she closes her studio.

Clarence dies October 15, 1956, in San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County, California.

Valeria remarries, November 27, 1965 to Everett S Frost, and they are living in El Monte, Los Angeles, County.  This marriage lasted until their divorce, February 7, 1980, in San Luis Obispo County.

Valeria dies January 2, 1985, in San Luis Obispo County, California, under the surname Field.

2 Apr 1901, Valeria K Dopyera was born in Czechloslovakia.
1908, she arrives in the USA via Hungary.
1910 - Los Angeles Assembly District 71, Los Angeles, California
1919 - Living in Kern County California.
1920 she was a school teacher (art) in Los Angeles Unified School District.
1926 - Living in Ford City, California with spouse
1930 - Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
1933-1939 Triangle Studios, El Monte, California (Operating as: Vallona)
1935 - Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
1938 - Los Angeles, California, USA
1939 - residence Los Angeles, ca, Spouse Clarence S DeMarsa from Michigan.
1940 - residence, Los Angeles, spouse Clarence S DeMarsa
1941 - listed with Everett S Frost in household, married to "A DeMarsa"
15 Oct 1956 - Los Angeles- Clarence Demarsa dies, at San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County, California
25 Feb 1957 (Returned 15 May, 1957) - Los Angeles, California to Honolulu Hawaii.
Nov 27, 1965, Valeria K Dopyera Demarsa  married Everett S Frost  in El Monte, Los Angeles, California.
Feb 7, 1980 They were divorced (case DR004091, state file 015517) at San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County, California.
2 Jan 1985, she dies at San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, California using the last name Field.

(All sourced in public records at
Information provided by Jeffery Scism
Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
El Monte Historical Society, 1965.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Valeria K. Dopyera DeMarsa (1901- ) China painter, art teacher. Born in Czechoslovakia in 1901. DeMarsa was trained at the Dresden Art Academy. By 1921 she had settled in Los Angeles and was teaching art in the public schools. During the 1930s she established Vallone Starr Ceramics that continued to operate in El Monte, CA until 1953. She appears to have returned to Europe in the 1960s.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
City Directory; Census
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