Vasarely *b. 1908 d. 1997
Famous Hungarian Artist.
Victor Vasarely was born in Pécs Hungary and spent his childhood
living in Postyen Slovakia until his family moved to Budapest in
1919. In 1925 after finishing secondary school he spent five semesters
studying medicine. But being a medical doctor would not be his fate.
For three years 1927-29 he studied painting and modern art in Sándor
Bortnyik's 'Bauhaus' workshop. Then having married his true love
Karla Spinner they moved over to Paris where they both worked as
commercial graphics artists.
They would have two children sons Andre and Jean-Pierre. The latter
is now a painter signing by the name Yvaral. In 1944 Victor directed
his full attention to his own styles of painting. And just a year
after the end of WWII his first exhibit was held at the gallery
of Denise René. Since then he has experienced several generations
of painting styles and is most well known for his geometric optical
works which use color combinations that are inviting to the eye.
Vasarely has been awarded some of the highest honors in the world
of art culture and society. His works have flown in space when a
French astronaut took with him 157 original silk-screen Vasarely
works aboard the Soviet spacecraft Salyut 7. He had been a widower
living mostly in Paris and frequented his native Budapest since
1991. In 1992 he was made Honorary professor of the College of Fine
Arts in Budapest.
His works have been on display and on sale throughout the world
in both galleries of the highest order and smaller art galleries.
In 1987 the Vasarely Museum in Óbuda was established. One can get
there by taking the green HéV train from Batthyányi Tér subway station
just across the River Danube from the Parliament. The Museum is
located at the foot of the Árpád Bridge (Árpád 'Heed') in a large
white rustic building next to the HéV train stop. For further information
one can call the Vasarely Museum at (36-1) 250-1540.