Pál Gerzson (1931-2008) was born in Hird, Hungary. He obtained his diploma in 1953 from the Budapest Academy of Fine Art as a pupil of Gyula Hincz, János Kmetty, and Endre Domanovszky. From 1953 to 1956 he studied descriptive geometry at ELTE Science University.

He won an art scholarship in 1961 to Moscow, in 1964 to Vienna, and in 1968 to Paris. Since 1959 he regularly participated in national and international exhibitions. He had been on study tours in almost every European country, Russia, and India.

Mr. Gerzson was former department head and professor of painting at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest and President of the Association of Fine and Applied Arts.

Cubism and Orphism influenced his work. Organic and geometric, angular and rounded - all these forms are alloyed into a balanced composition, which is at the same time permeated with a latent tension.

His paintings are characterized by a constructivist interpretation of phenomena, wizardry of colour and light, and dynamism of form and space.

Gerzson's abstract landscapes join two worlds; the realist object world and the geometric abstract one, the impressionistic dazzle of coloured spots and the hard stripes of colour. He makes no attempt to choose between the two worlds; he aims at a kind of wholeness that stems from the meeting of two extremes, two opposing elements. This is not a conflict, but a dialogue built on a shared foundation.

His landscape paintings are suffused with light, water glinting as a looking glass; sun, wind and water create a conflict that cannot be harnessed into language.

He substitutes a representation of actual phenomena with abstract forms, sublimating into geometrical devices all the configurations that are produced by the light bursting through the sun drenched, steamy air.


1964 Young Artists Studio Exhibition
1968, 1970 Water-colour Biennial, Eger
1969, 1972 Munkácsy Prize
1972, 1974 Winter Exhibition, Miskolc
1977 Military Exhibition, Budapest
1986 Merited Artist Award
1994 The Medium Cross Award of Hungary


1962, 1967, 1968, 1976, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 Budapest
1963, 1972 Paris
1969 Delhi
1969 Madras
1969 Katmandu
1974, 1986 Sophia
1974 Belgrade
1974 Cagnes-sur-Mer
1975 Bordeaux
1979 Poznan
1980 Cluses (F)
1986 Plovdiv (P)
1996 Geneva
1994, 1999 Dallas


1960, 1970, 1984 Budapest
1962, 1967 Pécs
1969 Györ
1975 Helsinki
1983 Baja
1985 Kunszentmiklós
1986 Szeged
1987 Mátészalka


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