Artist Dirk Rozich creates LeBron James mural at Akron museum

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  • Stark County artist Dirk Rozich created the paintings used for the murals displayed at the new LeBron James museum in Akron.
  • Artist painted 14 portraits of NBA superstar for three-piece mural.
  • Mural tells the story of LeBron’s life, from childhood to Cleveland championship to community work.
Stark County resident Dirk Rozich is shown at House Three Thirty in Akron where the artwork he created of LeBron James is displayed at the entrance to the new LeBron James' Home Court museum.

Stark County artist Dirk Rozich caught himself in a moment of awe while painting images of global sports icon LeBron James.

Working on a trio of 28-by-20 inch paintings, each one would be enlarged into murals at the LeBron James’ Home Court museum at House Three Thirty in Akron.

“It was very emotional when I finished the first painting,” he recalled. “I think that’s when it dawned on me what I was doing. I thought, ‘Wow.'”

“There was a little bit of intimidation because it is LeBron James,” Rozich said of the pressure to create a mural worthy of the celebrity and his museum. “I can’t think of a professional athlete in the world bigger than LeBron.”

Stark County resident and artist Dirk Rozich created murals of LeBron James for the new LeBron James' Home Court museum at House Three Thirty in Akron.

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How Dirk Rozich came to paint LeBron James

The 43-year-old North Canton area resident was originally asked to create a mural on the facility’s parking deck. But the LeBron James Foundation was so impressed with Rozich’s previous artwork — which included a commissioned portrait of former President George W. Bush — that it asked him to produce an elaborate mural inside.

First appeared on www.cantonrep.com

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