Famous Hungarian Artists & Painters

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 1 Amrita Shergil

Amrita Shergil
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Famous As: Greatest avant-garde women artists of the early 20th century
Birthdate: January 30, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: December 5, 1941

Amrita Sher-Gil was a Hungarian-Indian painter best remembered as a pioneer of modern Indian art. Widely regarded as one of the early-20th century's greatest avant-garde women artists, Sher-Gil's work has influenced several Indian artists like Arpita Singh and Sayed Haider Raza. Her life and career inspired the 1969 documentary film Amrita Sher-Gil which was directed by Bhagwan Das Garga.

 2 Victor Vasarely

Victor Vasarely
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Famous As: Artist, who was known as the grandfather of the short-lived op art movement in the 1930s
Birthdate: April 9, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pécs, Hungary
Died: March 15, 1997

Hungarian-French artist Victor Vasarely pioneered the Op Art movement, using geometric angles and depth in works such as Vega-Nor. He initially worked as a graphic artist in advertising agencies and then created masterpieces influenced by Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. His work Zebra remains one of his best-known pieces.

 3 Philip de László

Philip de László
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 30, 1869
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: November 22, 1937
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 4 Brassaï

Brassaï
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: September 9, 1899
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brașov, Romania
Died: July 8, 1984

Gyula Halász, or Brassaï, derived his pseudonym from the city of his birth, Brassó, then in Hungary. Later, he moved to Paris, where he began his career as a photographer. He published his works in volumes such as Paris de nuit. He was also a sculptor and a poet.

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 5 Elmyr de Hory

Elmyr de Hory
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Famous As: Former painter and art forger, who is said to have sold over a thousand art forgeries to reputable art galleries all over the world
Birthdate: April 14, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: December 11, 1976

 6 Wolfgang von Kempelen

Wolfgang von Kempelen
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Famous As: Author and inventor, known for his chess-playing "automaton" hoax The Turk and for his speaking machine
Birthdate: January 23, 1734
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia
Died: March 26, 1804

Known as an eccentric thinker, Wolfgang von Kempelen is best remembered for his automatic chess-playing machine The Turk and his speaking machine. The Turk eventually turned out to be a hoax, designed by Kempelen to impress Maria Theresa, the Austrian Empress, and had human chess players operating it.

 7 Eva Zeisel

Eva Zeisel
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Famous As: Former industrial designer known for her work with ceramics, primarily from the period after she immigrated to the United States
Birthdate: November 13, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: December 30, 2011

Born into an affluent and academic Hungarian Jewish family, Eva Zeisel was initially interested in painting and learned the art of ceramics to support her painting career. She eventually turned out to be a celebrated industrial designer who used ceramics to create useful things such as tableware and candleholders.

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 8 Amerigo Tot

Amerigo Tot
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: September 27, 1909
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fehérvárcsurgó, Hungary
Died: December 13, 1984

Renowned Hungarian sculptor Amerigo Tot was also a talented actor. Best known to international audiences for his role in The Godfather Part II, he spent most of his life in Rome, a city he had fled to during the rise of the Nazis. His ceramic works usually showcased abstract and mythological figures.

 9 Gyorgy Kepes

Gyorgy Kepes
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 4, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Selyp, Hungary
Died: December 29, 2001

Known for her signature style of art that resembles burned negatives or infrared images, Hungarian artist Gyorgy Kepes has also taught visual art at MIT. His book on design education, Language of Vision, was once a staple textbook for art colleges. He had also turned to filmmaking for a while.

 10 Mihály Munkácsy

Mihály Munkácsy
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Famous As: Former Painter who earned international reputation with his genre pictures and large-scale biblical paintings
Birthdate: February 20, 1844
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mukachevo, Ukraine
Died: May 1, 1900

 11 Cornell Capa

Cornell Capa
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: April 10, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: May 23, 2008

Inspired by his older war photographer brother Robert Capa’s photos of the Spanish Civil War, Cornell Capa later became a staff photographer for Life magazine. He also joined Magnum Photos, co-founded by his brother. His camera captured many luminaries, such as JFK, Armando Reverón, and Clark Gable.

 12 Tivadar Csontváry Kosztka

Tivadar Csontváry Kosztka
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 5, 1853
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sabinov, Slovakia
Died: June 20, 1919

 13 Friedrich von Amerling

Friedrich von Amerling
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Famous As: Former Portrait Painter
Birthdate: April 14, 1803
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: January 14, 1887

Austrian portrait painter Friedrich von Amerling was a favorite of the Viennese aristocrats. The court painter of Austro-Hungarian king Franz Josef, he was known for his skilled use of colors. He was well-traveled and had been married four times. He had managed to acquire the Gumpendorf Castle, too.

 14 Giulio Clovio

Giulio Clovio
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Famous As: Painter and priest
Birthdate: 1498 AD
Birthplace: Grizane, Hungary
Died: January 5, 1578

 15 Nicolas Schöffer

Nicolas Schöffer
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: September 6, 1912
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kalocsa, Hungary
Died: January 8, 1992

 16 Miklós Barabás

Miklós Barabás
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: February 10, 1810
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Catalina, Romania
Died: February 12, 1898

 17 Vilmos Aba-Novák

Vilmos Aba-Novák
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: March 15, 1894
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: September 29, 1941

 18 István Sándorfi

István Sándorfi
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: June 12, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Budapest
Died: December 26, 2007

 19 Gitta Mallasz

Gitta Mallasz
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Famous As: Graphic designer and an artist, best known for her transcription of a series of extraordinary spiritual instructions
Birthdate: June 21, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Died: June 25, 1992

 20 Zoltan Kemeny

Zoltan Kemeny
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: March 21, 1907
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Transylvania, Romania
Died: June 14, 1965

Born in Austria-Hungary, or present-day Romania, celebrated sculptor Zoltan Kemeny became the only Hungarian to score a win at the Venice Biennale. Trained in carpentry and architecture, he also worked as a fashion designer, before settling in Switzerland, where he became popular for his metal reliefs.

 

 21 Simon Hollósy

Simon Hollósy
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Famous As: Former Painter who was considered one of the greatest Hungarian representatives of 19th-century Naturalism and Realism
Birthdate: February 2, 1857
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sighetu Marmaţiei, Romania
Died: May 8, 1918

 22 Béla Czóbel

Béla Czóbel
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 4, 1883
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: January 30, 1976

 23 István Csók

István Csók
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: February 13, 1865
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sáregres, Hungary
Died: February 1, 1961

 24 Béla Iványi-Grünwald

Béla Iványi-Grünwald
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: May 6, 1867
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Som, Hungary
Died: September 24, 1940

 25 Károly Kisfaludy

Károly Kisfaludy
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Famous As: Dramatist
Birthdate: February 5, 1788
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tét, Hungary
Died: November 21, 1830

 26 Zoltán Huszárik

Zoltán Huszárik
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: May 14, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Domony, Hungary
Died: October 15, 1981

While he initially wished to be an artist and was a talented painter, Zoltán Huszárik later ended up being one of Hungary’s leading filmmakers. Known for films such as Sinbad and Elégia, he was especially fond of experimental short films. He is also known as the father of actor Kata Huszárik.

 27 János Fadrusz

János Fadrusz
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: September 2, 1858
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia
Died: October 26, 1903

Known for his memorial statues, Hungarian Neoclassical sculptor János Fadrusz was born into poverty and initially trained as a locksmith. A woodcarving workshop and, later, a grant to Vienna changed his life. His best-known works include the Christ on the Cross and an equestrian statue of Matthias I.

 28 Lajos Gulācsy

Lajos Gulācsy
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 12, 1882
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: February 21, 1932

 29 Gheza Vida

Gheza Vida
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Famous As: Sculptor, engraver
Birthdate: February 28, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baia Mare, Romania
Died: May 11, 1980

 30 Endre Bálint

Endre Bálint
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 27, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: May 3, 1986

 31 József Egry

József Egry
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: March 15, 1883
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zalaújlak, Hungary
Died: June 19, 1951