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Hincz, Gyula



Gyula Hincz studied from 1922-1929 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest by Gyula Rudnay and János Vaszary. Between 1924-1926 he attended the graphical class from Viktor Olgyai and went to Paris in 1926. In 1928 he went on an educational journey to Berlin, where he met Herwarth Walden. He was a teacher at the Academy of Applied Arts (1946-1949) and became the director of the Academy of Fine Arts (1949-1963).

The art of Gyula Hincz is defined by the diversity of genres. In the artistic branches applied by him, he created outstanding works. Beside his paintings, he also worked on mural works, mosaics and tapestries. Additionally to his graphical works, also his book illustrations should be mentioned. In 1970, he participated at the Venice Biennale.

The neo-classical compositions in their surreal style and their expressivity complement each other. The works of virtuosic fantasy are often at the border of figurativity and non-figurativity. Through their confrontation, complex, often complicated, at first glance maybe even intransparent relational systems arise. In this system of fictitious constructions a unity of indefinable forms and concrete, well-known motives is created.

Everything is part of the construction of human figures and the composition of cosmically constructions. This complexity and density is defined by the accentuation, the centres, the direction of motion. The natural and mechanic forms develop their very own movement and functionality. The mode of composition, often filling the whole image are, reminds of stage setting or horror vacui and refers with the variety of shapes to the turmoil of carnival. The recurring symbols lift the message of the works on a higher level.

The geometrical forms (triangular, circle, oval) have at the same time a constructivistical and symbolic meaning. Some motives, like the sun, the eye, the bird are used with a traditional, newly interpreted, subjective meaning. Thus, they give room for free associations.


Year Biography
1922-1929 Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest
1924-1926 attended the graphical class by Viktor Olgyai
1926 went to Paris
1928 educational journey to Berlin
1928 member ob the "Association of New Arts"
1943 paints in Transsylvania
1947-1948 educational trip to Korea, China and Vietnam
1946-1949 teacher at the Academy of Applied Arts
1958-1963 director of the Academy of Applied Arts
1949-1963 teacher at the Academy of Fine Arts
  teachers: Gyula Rudnay and János Vaszary.
1952, 1957 Munkácsy-award.
1930-1931 scholarship at the Collegium Hungaricum in Rome
1968 Outstanding artist
1964 Merited artist.
1958 Kossuth-award.
1981 Greek church in Vác
1980 Vigadó Gallery
1976 Hungarian National Gallery
1971 Museum of History, Budapest
1968 Petőfi Literary Museum
1964 Dürer Hall
1944 National Salon
1938 Ernst Museum
1934 Tamás Gallery
1929 through László Moholy-Nagy László exhbiition in the Sturm Gallery
1929 Tamás Gallery
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