Jill d. lefkowitz * email: jdlefkowitz@aol.com * ph: 954-593-1122

Jill Lefkowitz was born in Queens, NY on May 21, 1966. Art first entered Jill’s life through her Uncle Saul Lefkowitz, a sculptor and artist in the New York City Avant Garde art scene of the late 1940’s through early 1960’s. In 1948, Saul Lefkowitz won the prestigious Whitney Museum Sculpture Competition, where his work was then exhibited.  Her paternal grandfather, as well, impressed upon her the importance of art through his paintings and mosaic art. Jill’s maternal grandfather played the violin professionally, which gave jill a rhythmic sense to her art sensibilities. Jill’s whole family was into art, music, and writing as represented by her family’s vast library of art, music and literary books. Her favorites were books of Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh, and Leonardo DaVinci, which she  combed through her parent’s book collections nightly. Studying these great artists, Jill would copy their works, eventually honing her own sense of style by creating portraits of various members of her family.  After her family moved to South Florida in the mid ‘70’s, Jill decided to head back to New York City upon receiving a scholarship to NYU art school after graduating high school in Broward County. While studying her passion for art,  she had the opportunity to work as a makeup artist on student films from compatriots in the Tisch School. To Jill, makeup on actor’s faces was to her like painting on a canvas. At the time in the late 80’s, working on student films led to working on rap videos in New York City for musicians such as a “Tribe Called Quest.” Starting on the proverbial ground floor, working on music videos, Jill’s career took off as a makeup artist, eventually leading her back to South Florida, where she was able to work on film, episodic television, and commercials. However, art was still in her blood, and she continued to paint in oil, pen and ink, acrylic and charcoal, be it unstretched canvas, compressed cardboard cylinders, and paper. Her work encompassed inspiration from Native American, and Pre-Columbian totems blended with her fascination of primitive and tribal art such as various African cultures.  Jill sees her paintings as sculptures, inspired by her uncle Saul. Jill still works as a makeup artist on film, television, and commercials, but is finding more time for creating stimulating, and energetic art. Jill lives with her husband, Fabio Arber, a television producer, and their 10-year-old son, Julian.