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Amerigo Tot was mainly working as a sculptor. The Hungarian spent most of his life in Italy and he is among the few Hungarian artists, whose name was equally known in Italy and Hungary during his lifetime and is still known today. Amerigo Tot was born September 27 1909 in Fehérvárcsurgó. His family moved to Budapest n 1921 and in 1927 he was accepted at the Mintarajziskola (today the Academy of Applied Arts). He graduated with distincion in graphics in 1930. Ferenc Helbing, Gyula Kaesz and György Leszkocszky were his masters. From 1930 on, he was in the Bauhaus in Dessau. In 1933, he moved to the Hungarican Academy in Rome, with the help of a scholarship.

His most frequent motive are human beings arranged in a couple or a smaller group. The round women, which reappear in different situations, were based on one of his most famous sculpture-series, the „Gravel Women“. The lovers, which remind of Picasso – Amerigo Tot knew the artist personally – are, in their natural and self-evident poses, the expression of the communal being. The artist combines simplicity and creativity for his very own perspective of beauty.
He was working on international commissions. Among his works are f.ex. the relief of the front of the Roma Termini railway station and the relief in the Hungarian Chapel in the Vatikan. But he also created lithographies for the olympic commitee. In 1978 a permanten exhibition is opened in Pécs/Hungary. In the same year, he is elected member of the Italian Academy of Sciences. In 1929 he is awarded the Medal of the Hungarian Republic.
His last local exhibition was opened in the Vigadó in Budapest in the year 1982. Amerigo Tot dies on December 13 1984. He wa entombed at the Farkasrét cemetery in Budapest. The tombstone was done by Miklós Melocco and was placed in 1989.
Year Biography
   
1909 He was born in Fehérvárcsurgó (village in Fejér County)
1927-1930 Budapest College of Applied Arts
  His teachers: Ferenc Helbing, Gyula Kaesz and György Leszkovszky
1931 he was admitted to the Bauhaus in Dessau for a half year, in residential homes
1933 Dresden school
1933 He started to dealing with sculpture at the Hungarian Academy in Rome
1940-1945 He made the series of Gravelwoman
1947 He became artistic adviser of the Hungarian Academy in Rome
1949 He won the international tender of the Frisians of Termini station in Rome,
  which made him famous in worldwide.
1950-1952 He presents his works in Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden
until 1953 He completed the Termini Frisians
1966 He won the tender of the Kennedy memorial in Rome
1970-1980 He taught on the Academy of Fine Arts in Bari
In 1974 He prepared the Portrait of Pope Paul VI,and that chalice, which
  was used by the Pope on the Holy Year opening celebrated mass
   
  His teachers: Lyonel Feininger, Josef Albers, Vaszilij Kandinszkij, Joost Schmidt,
  Gunta Stölzl, Alfred Arndt, Walter Peterhans and László Moholy-Nagy
   
  Awards
   
1927-1930 Budapest College of Applied Arts
  His teachers: Ferenc Helbing, Gyula Kaesz and György Leszkovszky
1931 he was admitted to the Bauhaus in Dessau for a half year, in residential homes
1933 Dresden school
1933 He started to dealing with sculpture at the Hungarian Academy in Rome
1940-1945 He made the series of Gravelwoman
1947 He became artistic adviser of the Hungarian Academy in Rome
1949 He won the international tender of the Frisians of Termini station in Rome,
  which made him famous in worldwide.
1950-1952 He presents his works in Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden
1947 He became artistic adviser of the Hungarian Academy in Rome
1949 He won the international tender of the Frisians of Termini station in Rome,
  which made him famous in worldwide.
1950-1952 He presents his works in Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden
until 1953 He completed the Termini Frisians
1966 He won the tender of the Kennedy memorial in Rome
1970-1980 He taught on the Academy of Fine Arts in Bari
In 1974 He prepared the Portrait of Pope Paul VI,and that chalice, which
  was used by the Pope on the Holy Year opening celebrated mass
   
  Awards
   
1938 He was winner of the young Italian artists Prize, the „Premio per Giovani Artisti”
1946 Premio Saint Vincent prize
1948 Forte dei Marmi first prize.
1950 Mostra della Ricostruzione Sculpture Award
1956 The Roman Agricultural Exhibition (Mostra dell’ Agricoltura) first prize
1979 He was awarded by the Hungarian Republic, decorated with laurel, Flag Order
   
  Exhibitions
   
2007 Folders from Rome (MKE, Parthenon frieze Room, Epreskert, Budapest)
2007 Folders from Rome (Lamberg Castle, Mór)
1982 Vigadó Gallery, Budapest
1978 IV. Budapest International Small Sculpture Exhibition (Kunsthalle, Budapest)
1973 La Pancetta' (Bari)
1973 Palermo, Sicily
1972 Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Tokio
1972 Contemporary Italian Sculpture (Hakone, Japan)
1971 The Joseph M. Katz Collection (Pittsburgh, U.S.A.)
1971 Modern Italian Sculpture (Kunsthalle, Budapest)
1970 Quadriennale (Rome)
1970 Galleria d'Arte, Bari
1969 Szeged
1969 Debrecen
1969 Tihany
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