Sunday, April 23, 2006

In Memory of Joe Brozovich

Joe Brozovich was not the artist of these pieces. During WWII, Joe Brozovich was in the Navy. He took pictures of pin up art that he liked and kept them in the little space that was provided to each crewman, in his locker. These three photos were recently passed along to his grandson, John Chaykowsky, a 24 year old Environmental Graphic Designer and contributor to The Wayfinding Place, by John's uncle and cousin.

John wrote, "Its a running family joke that he took photos of pin-up art when so much more was going on in the world. He literally has dozens of photos like this... But not of his adventures at sea. He said he just really liked the way they were rendered."

"My grandfather, though a mechanic after the war, took the "Famous Artist Course" and I have all those books now. They are pretty interesting and helped shape a lot of my figure drawing."

By a tragic coincidence it was during our email exchange late last week that John got word that his grandfather had passed away.

"Maybe me sending you the photos was some weird sign... I am speechless.

His name was Joe Brozovich.

Please dedicate your post to him."


  1. Anonymous10:54 AM

    That is a nice story of a grandfathers impact on the artist

  2. Anonymous9:23 AM

    He must have been of Croatian origin. Brozovich is Croatian surname. "Joe" may have been anglicized "Josip".
    Chaykowsky as well. (Btw, one of the most famous Croatian soccer players back in 50's was Zlatko Chajkovski)

  3. Anonymous8:43 PM

    I don't speak english very well, but I've to say that I loved this blog.