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Murray “Emen “Levy always had an interest in creating art and being in the world of art. Born and raised in New York City, as a young man he was the Director and owner of two galleries and the producer of several art exhibitions in NYC. But, it was not until the mid-seventies when he took a detour to Wall Street, that things fell into place. He learned about investments and leverage. After a couple  of years, he returned to the booming art market with great zeal and determination to apply the same principals of intelligent investing to the purchase of fine art.  He built a nationwide reputation as an advisor to art collectors and investors.  He was written up in American Business, and Art and Antiques magazines as well as Barron’s newspaper as a specialist in finding “sleepers “in the art market.  He also produced a seminar “Fine Art for Capital Appreciation “at New York's Plaza Hotel, which was featured on NBC's nightly news.


In the late 80's everything changed again. Emen thought about spending more time making his own art. He moved to New Orleans, which he thought would be a more conducive environment for his creativity. He was right. After a few years of working with some of the top artists and galleries in New Orleans, he made the transition to a full time artist. He became well known as “a Mardi Gras artist “ after creating a series of colorful and intricate mosaics, made entirely from Mardi Gras beads. His Mardi Gras bead art was featured in New Orleans publications and on local television.


Recently, the company RSA commissioned Levy to create a mural depicting Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama. (the birthplace of Mardi Gras in the US) The mural will cover an entire wall in the lobby of the newly renovated RSA Bank Building in Mobile, and will be constructed entirely of Mardi Gras beads.



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Excerpts, Article by Will Covello - Visitor Magazine 1999  - "Levy started his artistic journey when he took up painting as a teenager growing up in New York. He worked in acrylics and oils and did a lot of landscapes.  While he managed and owned galleries in New York, he continued to paint, take pictures, and create prints and photo montages.  From the early boom of Egyptian art, Levy prospered in the art trade. During the King Tut exhibits tour of the United States, Levy predicted that Egyptian art would be a good investment. “It didn’t take  a genius to figure that out” he laughs “it was very old and in limited supply.” But Egyptian art broke all sorts of records at auction houses and the 80’s art boom was on. Levy became an advisor on investment art.  He has worked in New Orleans as an art dealer.  But since last Mardi Gras he has been making the transition from art dealer to working artist.  He found a new way to recapture the wonder of the beads. He liked the result enough to launch his own art genre"