Famous Hungarian Sculptors

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Brassaï
(Photographer)
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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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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Eva Zeisel
(Former industrial designer known for her work with ceramics, primarily from the period after she immigrated to the United States)
Eva Zeisel
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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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János Fadrusz
(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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István Ferenczy
(Hungarian sculptor)
István Ferenczy
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Birthdate: February 24, 1792
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: July 4, 1856

Renowned Hungarian sculptor István Ferenczy was the son of a locksmith but ended up training in copperplate engraving at the Vienna Academy. A master of marble statues, he wished to establish a sculpting school in his country. Eurydike and the Statue of Kölcsey remain two of his best-known works.

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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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