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 Balazs Szabo  (1943 - )

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Lived/Active: North Carolina / Hungary      Known for: mural, surrealism, sculpture, portrait

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Born Feb. 10 1943
Budapest Hungary
Studio/residence Raleigh, NC.
Known for murals, Surrealist oil paintings, Post Impressionist oil paintings, contemporary sculptures and realistic style oil paintings
Works in all mediums

Balazs Szabo was raised in a small Hungarian town by parental grandparents where he was artistically nurtured by his talented grandfather.

At age 10 he was taken to Budapest by his mother. After being abused, he ran away at 12 to his father and stepmother who were the most celebrated actor couple in Hungary at that time.

When the Hungarian uprising broke out against the long Soviet occupation in 1956,  Balazs defected alone joining several other youths (one of whom was shot at the border) to freedom into Austria.

His parents defected after him and located him at the Eisenstadt refugee camp.  They chose America as their new home, and after leaving Camp Kilmer they settled in New York City where his father played on Broadway.

His art tutelage began under Pal Fried, the Hungarian born artist and former student of Renoir who escaped Paris to New York City before the German occupation.
Szabo studied art at Storm King School, NY under Mr. Wickey, a well know Hudson
Valley artist. He also attended night classes at the Art Students League. He received a
scholarship award to the Pratt Institute in New York City but chose to return to Europe instead, and entered The Vienna Fine Arts Academy at Schiller Platz.  Then he continued his art education at the Angewandte School of Arts, The Bauhaus school of Vienna.  He returned to the U.S., continuing his studies at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.  He studied intaglio under Joseph Feher and Ron Kowalki at the Honolulu Art Academy to finish intaglio at The Budapest Fine Art Academy.

After spending time as art director in Hollywood California for a record company, the 1971 earthquake took him to Hawaii where he lived until 1990.  He then moved to Wilton, Connecticut, and settled in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1993.

Shows and Awards:

Solo at the Distelheim Galleries, Chicago 1966
Solo Los Angeles, California, ABC television 1970
Solo at the Foundry Gallery, Honolulu 1971
The Kasser Foundation Award 1971
Solo for the Bicentennial year at Honolulu City Hall (Hon. Hale) 1976

Award in New York City, Society of Illustrators exhibit 1987

A two man show with Andy Warhol, The Eye Club, Hong Kong 1983
Television solo appearance PBS, Connecticut 1992
Solo at Hartford, Connecticut Capitol Building 1992
Solo at Picasso's Gallery Hartford, Connecticut 1993
Solo at Lee Hansley Gallery Raleigh, North Carolina 1994

Exhibited at the Frankfurt, Germany International Bookfair & New Orleans, Louisiana.
Winner of the US PRINT Design Excellence award in NYC 1987 Time and Life
BLDG. NYC awards.

Dear Lord, save me from your followers, his 9/11 commemorative painting was exhibited at the Museum of History Raleigh on the 9th January, 2003 for public display.

Solo (retrospective of 40 years) at the American/Hungarian Foundation, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 2006.


Awarded major portrait commission of Raymond Croc, owner of McDonalds Co.
Mural for Waikiki Building, Inn On The Park

Mural at the Honolulu Executive Plaza
Public mural by The Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts 1971, and 1981

Awarded major ceramic tile mural by AFL-CIO of Hawaii 1980

Awarded eight major murals for Detroit law firm Charfoos, Christiensen PC 1971
Mural for Wholesale Motors, Honolulu Hawaii 1987
Mural at The Gregory's Restaurant 1987


The American Hungarian Foundation Museum New Brunswick, New Jersey.

The Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu Hawaii

The Hawaii State Foundation on Culture And The Arts, Honolulu Hawaii

The Rock'n Roll Hall Of Fame

Private Collections: The Lawrance Rockefeller, Du Pont families, CT.

Corporate collections: Glaxo Smith and Klein, research triangle NC, Sas Institute, Cary, NC.  Enterprise Crop, CT.  Bravo Zulu, Houston, TX, Charfoos Christiensen PC, Detroit, Michigan, and in corporate and private collections in Europe, Japan, Hong Kong and the USA.

His works have been reviewed by many publications in Hong Kong, Japan, Hungary, Hawaii and in the USA.
Author (autobigraphy): Knock in the Night, 280 pages. Prodigal Publishing, 2006

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