The Hardships Of Artist Alexander Koleszar

By Essie Osborn

A person who came well in a society that shuns his very existence is definitely someone who we can admire as it is not very often that a strong person is showcased. The name of a person who exhibits this type of behavior is none other than Alexander Koleszar and is a well known modern painter. Although many know him just for his works, many do not know the painful experiences that he had to experience while growing up.

Now mister Koleszar grew up in the outside of Detroit which was known as Michigan, a place known for sports, hunting, and all kinds of other rough and tough activities. Now growing up in this environment was not very ideal to him simply because he was a homosexual. Aside from that, he was also a loner and an introvert which made him have a hard time getting friends.

While he was growing up, he had kept his being gay a secret from his peers as he feared that he would not get accepted. Because of this, he kept mostly to himself so that no one would find out about his deep dark secret. He also tried to observe how other men acted so that he could copy their actions and know how he should behave.

Throughout his entire childhood, he enjoyed painting and he really excelled at it. In fact, some of his paintings were hung up in the city hall of his town. However, the downside of being a good painter at that time was that many of his peers saw that as a girlie past time and therefore referred to him as a person with sexual ambiguity or simply a gay.

Now because of his inclination to art, his male classmates would always tease him and make fun of him calling him names like faggot. Of course deep inside he knew he was gay but he still tried to hide it inside. After years of hiding, one day he could not take it anymore so he had to tell the people that were close to him namely his family members like his mother, father, brothers, and sisters.

However, instead of helping out, they made things even worse. They thought that he had a mental disorder so they sent him to psychologists and counsellors. They also thought that maybe he had a hormone problem which is why he was attracted to men. So for this they sent him to a doctor who is specialized in the endocrine system.

Eventually when nothing could be done, his mother told him to change his name and then sent him away from home. From there, he found himself somewhere in Phoenix, Arizona where he would find a good art college wherein he could continue his education. It was also here that he was able to think properly.

He started studying in the Arizona State University and eventually got top honors in his class. Of course it was also during his college days that he met a young medical student who would then be his first love. Now one of the highlights of this time was his painting career as he was able to create many sets that would pull heartstrings of people.

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