Famous Hungarian Artists & Painters

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Amrita Shergil
(Greatest avant-garde women artists of the early 20th century)
Amrita Shergil
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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.

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Brassaï
(Photographer, Artist and Writer Known for His Dramatic Photographs of Paris at Night)
Brassaï
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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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Philip de László
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Birthdate: April 30, 1869
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: November 22, 1937
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Elmyr de Hory
(Former painter and art forger, who is said to have sold over a thousand art forgeries to reputable art galleries all over the world)
Elmyr de Hory
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Birthdate: April 14, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: December 11, 1976
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Wolfgang von Kempelen
(Author and inventor, known for his chess-playing "automaton" hoax The Turk and for his speaking machine)
Wolfgang von Kempelen
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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.

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Amerigo Tot
(Sculptor)
Amerigo Tot
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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.

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Mihály Munkácsy
(Former Painter who earned international reputation with his genre pictures and large-scale biblical paintings)
Mihály Munkácsy
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Birthdate: February 20, 1844
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mukachevo, Ukraine
Died: May 1, 1900
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György Kepes
(American Painter Best Known for His Photographs, Paintings, Designs, and Theoretical Texts)
György Kepes
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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.

Tivadar Csontváry Kosztka
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Birthdate: July 5, 1853
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sabinov, Slovakia
Died: June 20, 1919
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Friedrich von Amerling
(Former Portrait Painter)
Friedrich von Amerling
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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.

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Giulio Clovio
(Painter and priest)
Giulio Clovio
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Birthdate: 1498 AD
Birthplace: Grizane, Hungary
Died: January 5, 1578
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Nicolas Schöffer
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Birthdate: September 6, 1912
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kalocsa, Hungary
Died: January 8, 1992
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Miklós Barabás
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Birthdate: February 10, 1810
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Catalina, Romania
Died: February 12, 1898
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Vilmos Aba-Novák
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Birthdate: March 15, 1894
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: September 29, 1941
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István Sándorfi
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Birthdate: June 12, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Budapest
Died: December 26, 2007
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Gitta Mallasz
(Graphic designer and an artist, best known for her transcription of a series of extraordinary spiritual instructions)
Gitta Mallasz
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Birthdate: June 21, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Died: June 25, 1992
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Simon Hollósy
(Former Painter who was considered one of the greatest Hungarian representatives of 19th-century Naturalism and Realism)
Simon Hollósy
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Birthdate: February 2, 1857
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sighetu Marmaţiei, Romania
Died: May 8, 1918
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Béla Czóbel
(Painter)
Béla Czóbel
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Birthdate: September 4, 1883
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: January 30, 1976
Béla Iványi-Grünwald
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Birthdate: May 6, 1867
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Som, Hungary
Died: September 24, 1940
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István Csók
(Painter)
István Csók
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Birthdate: February 13, 1865
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sáregres, Hungary
Died: February 1, 1961
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Károly Kisfaludy
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Birthdate: February 5, 1788
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tét, Hungary
Died: November 21, 1830
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János Fadrusz
(Hungarian Sculptor)
János Fadrusz
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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.

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Zoltan Kemeny
(Sculptor)
Zoltan Kemeny
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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.

 

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Lajos Gulācsy
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Birthdate: October 12, 1882
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: February 21, 1932
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Gheza Vida
(Romanian–Hungarian Engraver and Sculptor)
Gheza Vida
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Birthdate: February 28, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baia Mare, Romania
Died: May 11, 1980

Gheza Vida was a Romanian–Hungarian engraver, sculptor, communist militant, and industrial worker. One of the most famous artists of Maramureș region, Vida also became one of the favorite artists of the Socialist Republic of Romania. Although his career was affected by the Second World War, Gheza Vida established himself as a noteworthy artist and won many prizes and awards.

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Endre Bálint
(Painter)
Endre Bálint
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Birthdate: October 27, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: May 3, 1986
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József Egry
(Painter)
József Egry
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Birthdate: March 15, 1883
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zalaújlak, Hungary
Died: June 19, 1951