Joe Mraz was born in Chicago and raised and educated in the suburb of Berwyn Illinois. He attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Art and the American Academy of Art in Chicago. After graduation he worked in advertising in Chicago and New York. He is retired now and lives in Longview, Texas. Where he teaches watercolor painting and conducts workshops for artists. His interest in Czech traditions, heritage and Czech food comes from his grandparents who emigrated from Pilsen (Plzen) and Prague (Praha) during the late 1800’s. He will be hosting several audio programs on CATV USA.