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Aba Novák, Vilmos




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Vilmos Aba-Novák was born on March 15th of 1894. He started painting at the age of 9, and at 18 he was preparing to enter college. His art professor, Adolf Reissig, prepared Aba-Novák for his exam, and also gave him the name "Aba". Between 1912-14 he attends the College of Fine Arts in Budapest. He was an apprentice in the atelier of the graphical artist Viktor Olgyai from 1922 to 1925.
His first graphical exhibition was in september 1922 at the Ernst Museum in Budapest. One year later, he was elected member of the Hungarian Association of Etchers. In 1924 he participated in the first group exhibition of the KÚT (New Association for Fine Artists) in the Ernst Museum. In the same year, the Museum of Fine Arts  (Budapest) bought his oil-painting titled "Fahordás". In 1927 he took part at the third group exhibition of the KÚT, this time as a member.
In 1928 he became a member of the Szinyey Merse Pál Association and the Munkácsy-guild. From then on, he appeared every year at the Biennale in Venice. From 1928 to 1930 he was a stipendiary of the Hungarian Academy in Rome, and from 1939 he taught at the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest. Between 1930 and 1937 he was the head of a private school for fine arts.
As a fresco-painter he got numerous commissions from the state and the Church. In 1932 he is awarded golden medal at the exhibition of ecclesiastical arts in Padova. In 1937 he participated at the Universal Exhibition in Paris, and three years later he received first prize at the XXII. Biennale in Venice.
In 1940 he fell seriously ill, and passed away on the 29th of September of 1941, at the age of 47. Today his works can be seen in the Hungarian National Gallery, and in other public collections as well as in private collections.
Year Biography
1894 He was born in Budapest
1912 when he was eighteen years old, teacher-trainee, he picked up the name "Aba"
1918 Assistant at the Art school
1918  Recieved his degree at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, as an art teacher
1921-1922 Apprentice in the atelier of the graphical artist Viktor Olgyai
  He often appeared at the Art Colony of Szolnok, where he was learning from Adolf Fényes
1923 He was elected member of the Hungarian Association of Etchers
1928 He became the member of the Szinyei Merse Pál Society
1930 He constantly returned to the Szolnok Art Colony
1930-1937 Head of a private school for fine arts
1939 Teaches at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts
  His teacher: Viktor Olgyai
1940 Biennial of Venezia, grand prize
1939 Corvin-wreath
1936 World Exhibition of Paris, Grand Prix Prize
1936 Modern Museum of Chicago, F. Blair Prize
1936 Hungarian Exhibition in Vienna,, Vindobona medal
1933 Small State Golden Medal
1932 Pádua Church Art Exhibition, golden medal
1929-1930 Fellow of the Hungarian Academy of Rome
1928 Szinyei Merse Pál Society grand prize
1926 Szinyei Merse Pál Society grapical prize
2008 Debrecen
1963 Warsaw, Prague, Kosice
1962 Hungarian National Art Gallery
1943 National Salon
1935 Silberman Gallery, New York
1935 Carnegie Institut, Pittsburg
1934 Knoedler Gallery, London
1933 Milan, Genova, Bergamo, Trieste (group)
1932 Genova
1931 Milan
1931 Ernst Museum
1927 Ernst Museum (collective)
1924 Ernst Museum
1922 Ernst Museum, Budapest
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