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Olcsai Kiss, Zoltán




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Zoltán Olcsai-Kiss was born in Szalafő (village in ‘Vas’ County) in 1895. In 1914 he applied for the College of Fine Arts faculty of painting, where he studied for a year in Szilárd Várday class.

In 1915 he was invited to the army, in 1921 he could return home, but he had to refuge so he had lived in Vienna and Prague until 1923. At this time he dealt with carving ivory statuettes. In 1923 he emigrated to Paris, where he continued his work. In 1928 following an exhibition in Paris, he got order from the Porcelan Factory of Sèvres to designed bisquit and porcelain objects. In Paris it also became possible to continue his interrupted art studies. He became a member of the Revolutionary Writers and Artists Association.

In 1945 he returned to Budapest, where in 1946 he opened a fine art free school for workers, and he got his first public order – he planned the “Ságvár” relief. During his artistic career he dealt with making and direction of puppet shows. Between 1949 and 1951 he was professor at the Csepel free school, than he was a professor at the College of Arts and Design. From the early fifties he regularly received orders from the state.

In 1959 he was awarded by the Kossuth prize. In 1965 he got the Work Merit grade gold. In 1969 he became “merited” artist. In 1978 he got the Order of the Red Banner of Labour – and in 1980 the National Council of Trade Unions Award.

Year Biography
1895 He was born in Szalafő
From 1914 Hungarian College of Fine Arts, Painting Department
1928 His first collection exhibition
1946-1947 He managed a fine arts free school
1947-1949 He dealt with the making and direction of puppet shows
1951 He was the teacher at the College of Fine Arts
  His teachers: Szilárd Várday
1980 the National Council of Trade Unions Award
1978 Order of the Red Banner of Labour
1970 Memorial medal for the 25th anniversary of the liberation of Budapest
1969 merited artist
1965 Work Merit grade gold
1959 Soviet Patriotic War memorial medals
1953 Munkácsy-award
  Single exhibition
1985 Dürer Hall, Budapest (memorial exhibition)
1981 Hungarian Labor Movement Museum, Budapest (memorial exhibition)
1980 City Museum, Körmend (permament exhibition until 1990)
1979 Csepel Gallery, Budapest
1978 Grammar school, Pilisvörösvár
  Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, in the "Workshop" titled series
1977 Berzsenyi Library, Szombathely
1976 City Museum, Nyírbátor
1975 Csók Gallery, Budapest
1953 Nagymaros
1928 Galerie Zak, Paris
  Selected group exhibitions
1985 House of Arts, Szekszárd
1974 Hungarian Medal Art Exhibition, Hungarian House of Culture, Berlin
1973 Collegium Hungaricum, Vienna
1971 Hunting World Exhibition, Art Gallery, Budapest
1970 II. Debrecen National Summer Exhibition, Déri Museum, Debrecen
1969 II. National Statuette Biennial, Pécs
1967 I. National Statuette Biennial, Pécs
1965 II. district artists exhibition, Radnóti Club, Budapest
1960 The Art of liberated Budapest, Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
  Our fine arts after the liberation, Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
1958 Exposition de Peinture, Sculpture et Arts Graphiques hongrois D'ajourd'hui, Antwerpen
1957 Hungarian revolutionary art, Art Gallery, Budapest
1955 The ten years of the Hungarian Fine Arts, Art Gallery, Budapest
1953, 1959, 1962 4., 7., 9. Hungarian Fine Arts exhibition, Art Gallery, Budapest
1952 3. Hungarian Fine Arts exhibition, Art Gallery, Budapest
  Hungarian Fine Arts exhibition, Bukarest
  Spring exhibition in the Art Gallery, Art Gallery, Budapest
1951 National Museum, Warsaw
  2. Hungarian Fine Arts exhibition, Art Gallery, Budapest
  Works in public collections
  Military History Museum, Budapest
  József Katona Museum, Kecskemét
  Museum of Contemporary Art / Ludwig Museum, Budapest
  Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
  Modern Hungarian Gallerí, Pécs.
  Public works
  Mechanic Brigade (aluminum, 1957, Budapest, Népstadion statue gallery)
  Dancing Couple (bronze, 1957, Kazincbarcika, Egressy square)
  Figural Fountain (1962, Ózd Metallurgical Works)
  Standing working (bronze, 1966, Győr)
  Béla Kun,Jenő Landler, Tibor Szamuely-memorial (with Klára Herczeg, Aladár Farkas) (limestone, bronze, 1967,
  Budapest, VIII. dist., Kun Béla square, from 1993 in the Statue park of Budatétény)
  Girls (limestone, 1968, Kéthely, Elementary School)
  Károly Ligeti (marble bas-relief portrait plaque, 1968, Budapest, XXI. dist. Károly Ligeti street)
  Samuely Tibor (limestone portrait, 1969, Nyíregyháza, Samuely housing estate?)
  Don Quijote and Sancho Panza (pyrogranite, 1970, Budapest, X. district Rottenbiller park)
  Liberation Monument (Stone, 1971, Marcali)
  Lenin (bronze portrait, 1971, Tapolca, Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party Municipal Committee)
  Gereblyés (bronze relief portrait, 1974, Csákberény, House of Culture)
  Two relief (bronze, 1974, Budapest, Kerepesi cemetery, Labor Movement Pantheon)
  Don Quijote (pyrogranite, 1978, Budapest, Budapest International Fair)
  Lenin (bronze, 1980, Nyíregyháza).
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