Ervin Tamás (1922-1996) was born in Budapest, Hungary. He obtained his first diploma in graphic arts from the Budapest Academy of Applied Arts in 1941, and a second diploma from the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in 1946 as a pupil of István Szőnyi.
Between 1946 and 1950, he was an art teacher in Debrecen. In 1950 he moved to Budapest and became a founding member of the Hungarian Free Art Trade Union. He had many active art-life roles: a member of numerous alliances, teacher, consultant, historian, and several years Secretary of the Art Foundation.
He made study tours in Austria, England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Greece, and Russia.
Tamás participated in many international exhibitions and his paintings are found in public and private collections throughout the world.
The most influential artists for Tamás' development as a painter, besides Szőnyi, were Cézanne and Braque.
Constructed with plots of colors, his compositions have a exact geometry, but at the same time they have a remarkable ease and casualness. Rich motives and exciting arrangements are the secrets to his splendid atmospheres.


Budapest 1955, 1957, 1959, 1964, 1970, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990
Switzerland 1976, 1979, 1982
Italy 1982, 1992
Hungary 1947, 1954, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1974, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1995
Glasgow 1970


1958 Catholic Church, Tokaj, mural
1964 Köjál Building, Kecskemét, sgrafitto, 10 m˛
1967 Technical College, Szentes, sgrafitto, 22 m˛
1975 School at Győri Square, Miskolc, mosaic, 120 m˛
1986 Glass Windows of Counthy Hall, Debrecen, 30 m˛


1957 Painters Prize, Ózd
1964 Honorarium, Hungarian Trade Unions Central Council
1965 Munkácsy Prize
1966 Painters Prize, Balaton Exhibition
1977 Niveau Prize, Art Foundation of the Hungarian Republic
1978 Premio: Coppa, Citta di Napoli
1985 Commemorative Medal, Budapest
1985 Painters Prize, National Exhibition, Hungary
1985 Miklós Káplár Prize


Fitz, Péter: Contemporary Hungarian Art Lexicon; Budapest, Enciklopédia Kiadó, 2001, Vol. 3, p. 658.
Seregélyi, György: Hungarian Painters and Graphic Artists Lexicon 1800-1988. Szeged 1988, p. 578.
P.Sz.T.: Contemporary Hungarian Painters and Sculptors. Budapest 1985, p. 256.
Szánto, Tibor: Pictura Hungarica. 1971, Volume I.

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