Tibor Kádár was born in 1946 in Kolozsvár, Transylvania (Cluj-Napoca, Romania). He received his diplomas from the secondary School of Fine Arts in 1965, and from the Ion Andreescu Academy of Fine Arts in 1971; his master was Péter Abrudán.

From 1971 to 1974 he worked as a teacher at an industrial secondary school, teaching technical drawing, then took a job at the art grammar school in Kolozsvár (1974-1987).

His first one-man show was in 1969 at the Cluj Radio Studio.

Joining the spiritual workshop represented by the Korunk Editorial and Gallery in his hometown was a crucial point in his life. No less important were the summers spent painting at the artists' colony in the Szárhegy Castle (1976-86). The Kalotaszeg region at the foot of the Western Carpathians meant the acquaintance with folk art. Since 1971 he has regularly taken part in collective and individual exhibitions.

Kádár is the founder of the Szárhegy Art Society. While in Romania, he was considered one of their most important artists.

In 1988 he left his native country and resettled in Hungary together with his family. His first job was at a primary school in Budapest. A year later they moved into the Artists' House in Veszprém, together with his wife and three children.

1990 was the year of his first trip to Western Europe. He worked as an art historian for the Veszprém County Museum until 1991 (a significant one-man show that same year in Germany marked a turning point in his career) when he decided to concentrate on painting only. For nine years he has been working in his studio, continuously exhibiting in Europe and is working towards international recognition.

Since 2000 he teaches at the Art School of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory. In 2005 he was elected director of the school.

Kádár is a member of the Foundation of Hungarian Fine Art, the Association of Hungarian Artists and the Society of Hungarian Painters. For years he has been a member and master of the Veszprém Art Guild. In 2004, together with five fellow artists he founded the figurative F-Group.

With the use of a wide brushstrokes, his elegantly formed figural paintings have a monumental effect. His abstract paintings are constructed with powerful gestures. He also has interest in sgraffito, fresco, graphic-art, book-art and stage-design. Kádár’s art portrays a universal world of intensely felt emotion that takes us deeply into the infernal regions of the past.


1969, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 Cluj-Napoca
1971 Kolozsvár
1975, 1978 Bucharest
1977 Beszterce
1980-1986 Art School Teachers' Yearly Exhibition
1981 Kecskemét, Hungary
1981, 1982 Szárhegy
1982 Tiszakécske
1983 Dés
1984 Gyergyószentmiklós
1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2001, 2002 Budapest
1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2004 Veszprém
1990 Pápa
1990 Ajka
1991, 1995 Balatonalmádi
1991 Békéscsaba
1992 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
1992 Nijmegen, The Netherlands
1992 Hedikhuizen, The Netherlands
1993 Lewes, England
1995 Bruckmühl, Germany
1996 Gladsaxe, Denmark
1999 Zobok, Romania
2001 Passau, Germany
2005 Székesfehérvár


1980 Cluj-Napoca
1981 Kecskemét
1982 Székelyudvarhely
1983 Csíkszereda
1984 Gyergyószentmiklós
1984 Marosvásárhely
1985 Makó
1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1998, 2006 Veszprém
1989, 1996, 2006 Budapest
1990 Leányfalu
1990 Tab
1990 Badacsonytomaj
1990 Ajka
1991 Hajdúböszörmény
1991 Wunsiedel, Germany
1992 Iszkáz
1992 Geervliet, The Netherlands
1992 Nijmegen, The Netherlands
1992 Hedikhuizen, The Netherlands
1992 Szekszárd
1993 Castricum, The Netherlands
1994 Berlin, Germany
1995 Gladsaxe, Denmark
1996 Groningen, The Netherlands
1996 Ulm, Germany
1997 Várpalota
2001 Tapolca
2002 Csopak
2003 Balatonfüred
2005 Gödöllő


1969 Cluj Student-Festival First Prize
1991 NIVO Prize


Fitz, Péter: Contemporary Hungarian Art Lexicon. Budapest, Enciklopédia Kiadó, 1999, Volume 2, pp. 254-255.
Páskándi, G.: The Rags of Etnosz, Kortárs, 1990/2.

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