Ruza Erceg

(American, born 1898, died 1993)

Late artist Ruza Erceg was born in Yugoslavia and immigrated to the United States in 1922. After settling in Oregon and raising nine children, in 1961 Erceg began painting colorful rural scenes based on remembrances of her homeland. A self-taught artist who continually experimented and expanded upon her technique, Erceg painted into her nineties.