Mort Luby has won more than 50 awards in various national, regional and local art competitions, including seven best-of-show citations.
He studied art at the Universities of Wisconsin and Notre Dame, where he graduated with a degree in journalism in 1953. He has also taken classes at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Scottsdale Artists School and many other leading art institutions.
He has participated in many workshops with America’s greatest artists, including Clyde Aspevig, Romel de la Torre, Phil Kantz, Charles Movalli, Don Demers, Kim English, Matt Smith, Diane Hynes and others.
In 2012, he published “Chicago Brushstrokes,” a book with 100 of his paintings of the Windy City. Displayed in the in the Art Institute, the Architecture Foundation and many other locations, the first edition sold out in less than two years.
He is a featured artist in four galleries operated by the Maui Hands company and frequently demonstrates his painting style in the firm’s Paia and Makawao locations.
Mort paints watercolors and oils in his Haiku studio and in his summertime home in Chicago. He is a member of the Plein Air Painters of Hawaii, the Plein Air Painters of Chicago and the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art.
He began his full time art career 20 years ago after he retired as CEO of Luby Publishing, a 103-year-old publisher of sports magazines. He was also a stringer for Associated Press for more than 40 years.