The Magic City lost a latter-day legend July 13.
Artist Ralph Herzog, described by those who loved him as eccentric but brilliant, died at the age of 61.
Herzog reached the pinnacle of his artistic career with his continuing partnership with Barberton real estate developer Al Horvath. Around the turn of the century, Horvath was buying up distressed buildings around town and rehabilitating them. Part of that rehabilitation invariably included Herzog murals.
“There is one of his paintings in just about every building I’ve put together,” Horvath said. “We kept pretty busy there.”
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COURTESY PHOTOS/Al Horvath