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Bela de Kristo

 (1920 - 2006)
Bela de Kristo was active/lived in Hungary, France.  Bela de Kristo is known for Painting, illustration, set design.

Bela de Kristo

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Bela de Kristo was born in Hungary on the 15th of May, 1920.  He studied at the Theresianum Vienna University and in 1939 at The Budapest School of Art.  As a student Bela de Kristo was involved in set design and was a member of the first cinema club in Hungary.  The Newspaper of Budapest also published his cartoons.

After graduating, Bela De Kristo moved to Paris where he organized an exhibition of Hungarian artists in 1947 at the Saint-Germain-des-Prés. When his country was occupied by the Soviet army, he decided to settle in Paris.

De Kristo regularly attended the Academy Julian and La Grande Chaumiere.  In 1948 he took part in a public exhibition at the Duncan Gallery and later in 1950 he exhibited in The Cannes Exhibition at the Carlton Gallery.  Four years later he set up a large workshop on la Rue Vignon, which became a creative hub, where one could find professionals from the press, publishing, and the art world.  At this time, many of de Kristo?s drawings and cartoons appeared in Paris Match, but the majority of his time was spent focusing on painting.

Bela de Kristo's work is hugely varied.  He constantly renewed his mode of expression, making models, photo montages, illustrated children?s books, cartoons, and theater stage sets.  In his early period he was greatly influenced by the Russian Constructivists, such as Malevich, as well as Picasso’?s synthetic cubist works.  Bela de Kristo was inspired by every day life events.  He used abstraction the same way that the Surrealists did but excelled in his approach to cubism. His work displays a rigorous sensitivity to Cubism loaded with humor and poetry.

He left Paris to settle in Normandy which he discovered through his friend Fernand Léger who already owned a farm in Lisores .

He died in Normandy in May of 2006.

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About  Bela de Kristo

Born:  1920 - Hungary
Died:   2006 - Normandy, France
Known for:  Painting, illustration, set design