Alex Palkovich was born in the trans-Carpathian Mountains in 1948 and grew up in Uzhhorod. In his lifetime the city has been part of 4 different countries (Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Soviet Union & Ukraine). During WWII, Alex’s parents, Marcus and Fannie were taken by the Nazis to concentration camps in Mauthausen and Auschwitz. They both survived and were married in 1946.
Alex received a scholarship to attend the Lviv Polytechnic National University in Poland where he earned his Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering. In 1973, he and his family immigrated to Israel. With his degree in engineering he easily landed a job with a company that designed and manufactured advanced medical equipment. The company, Magnex, was eventually acquired by General Electric. Over the following years, Alex worked as General Electric’s Global Manager for Medical Systems, overseeing plants worldwide in 8 locations including Florence, South Carolina. He and his family relocated to Florence until his retirement from GE in 2015.
His passion for sculpting began when as a six-year old boy, he was given a box of modeling clay. Art still captures the imagination of the man now 72-years-old. Alex is a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, the Oxford Art Society, and the National Sculpture Society. He has won numerous awards including a British Design Award, an award from the American Institute of Commemorative Art, a People’s Choice Award from the National Sculpture Society, the Allied Artists of America, and the Portrait Society of America.
Alex has become a friend of our Pastor and church. He has made a beautiful and lasting impact with several projects throughout Florence County. Florence Baptist Temple is honored to contribute to this collection and have Alex Palkovich commemorate its 50th Anniversary by sculpting “The Sower.”