Judy Takács, Contemporary Figurative Realist

She paints people…always people

Best known for her long term portrait series, Chicks with Balls: Judy Takács paints unsung female heroes, Judy began her art career in 1986 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration and Portrait Painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art. A winner of 11 Best-In-Show Awards in the past seven years, she has curated, juried and exhibited in solo, group and juried shows at museums, art centers and colleges nationally.

Her work has been recognized by the Portrait Society of America and has shown at the Butler Institute of American Art, ArtNEO Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Zanesville Museum of Art, Evansville Museum, Haggin Museum, Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, Salmagundi, and National Arts Clubs. She has been featured and in Poets/Artists Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, the Portrait Society Members Journal and reviewed in Cleveland Scene Magazine and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. 

A Grand Prize Winner in the All-Media Competition, her painting, Ephemera Collector appears in the September 2018 issue of Artists Magazine. A holder of signature status at the Akron Society of Artists and an Associate with Distinction with American Women Artists, Judy is an elected board member of Allied Artists of America and serves as Social Media Chair. She is past chair of the New Media Relations Committee of the Cecilia Beaux Forum of the Portrait Society of America. 

In 2013 and then again in 2019, the Ohio Arts Council granted her an award for Individual Artistic Excellence for her ongoing traveling painting project, Chicks with Balls: Judy Takács paints unsung female heroes. Chicks made its debut at BAYarts in 2013 and has traveled through Ohio and Pennsylvania since.

Her accomplishments are noted on Wikipedia, and in the summer of 2019, Judy had her critically acclaimed two-artist inaugural show, SECRETS, with the late Marilyn Szalay, Cleveland’s iconic figure drawing artist. Takács’ work is archived with the legendary artists of Cleveland at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve.

On February 13, 2020, one of Judy's major art goals will come true with the opening of her first Museum Solo Show at the Zanesville Museum of Art, which will host Chicks with Balls: Judy Takács paints unsung female heroes. The show will open with a reception and book launch for the second Chicks book on February 13, from 5:00 to 7:00. There will also be a gallery talk February 15 and a slide lecture March 19th. Show continues through April 4th.

Takács’ goal as a painter of people is to create a living breathing soul on canvas, who invites viewers to linger, connect and think.

Below are all the ways you can find her and follow her!

Judy Takács


facebook: JudyTakacs, Artist

facebook: Chicks with Balls: Judy Takács paints unsung female heroes

instagram: @judytakacs, #judytakacs




Wikipedia: Judy Takács

Her paintings have stories and heart

Judy blogs about many of her paintings. Get the background scoop on her blog,

Here are a few you might want to read:

Ephemera Collector

The Final Chapter

Becoming Shannon

Venus, She's Got It

A Heathen Paints Retired Nuns