Biography of Sandor Zicherman


Early years

I was born in 1935 in the city of Uzhgorod, situated in Transcarpathia or Subcarpathia (Czechoslovakia at that time, later the Soviet Union, now Ukraine). I spent my early years in Beregszasz (now Bereghovo), where beside school I spent most of my free time doing all kinds of sports, especially focusing on greco-roman wrestling and becoming one of the best wrestler in our region. From the age of 15 I already worked as a professional trainer. I turned to fine art only after coming back from the compulsory army service. In 1957 I took part in my fist art exhibition at the Gallery of Fine Arts in Uzhgorod.

In 1958 I was accepted to the Collage of Arts and Crafts in Lvov to the faculty of monumental painting. After a year I was transferred to Leningrad where I continued my studies at the Vera Mukhina Higher School of Art and Design (now The Saint Petersburg State Art and Industry Academy) monumental painting faculty. During these years I already started to experiment in a number of techniques – sculptures, graphics, ceramics.

Professional career

After graduating in 1964 I moved to the Ural region, to the city of Perm, where as a monumental artist I did commissions for the Fine Art Foundation, including a number of frescos, mosaics, sgrafittos and ceramic high reliefs, and gobelens. Beside these commissions I worked closely with the Permian Television and Theatre. In 1967, after my first Russian Republican Fine Art exhibition, I was accepted to the Association of Soviet Creative Artists as a pledge member, later in 1975 as a full member. From 1969 to 1972 I worked in various cities and regions of USSR, including Lvov, Jurmala, Riga, Elista and Moscow.

In 1972 the city board of Togliatti (the automotive industry city of Lada) invited me to help improve the fine-art life of the rapidly growing city. During my stay in Togliatti, I organized the Fine Art Foundation, later Togliatti's own Association of Creative Artists (the only example of two associations in one region). On my initiation the city built a number of art studios to lure new artists, a fine art gallery, and with my help and contribution a unique art school was opened where pupils studied drawing, painting, sculpting, ceramics, gobelin tapestry, wood carving, photo art, acting, music and dancing.

In 1987 I organized (and participated in) the First Russian Stone-carving Sculpture Symposium in Togliatti. The created 10 big granite sculptures were gifted to the city.


Summary of my time in the USSR

By 1986 I participated in 29 All-Soviet and All-Russian exhibitions, including exhibitions representing Soviet art abroad, (Hungary, Czechoslovakia, NDK, Poland) with exhibits ranging from paintings to graphics, medals, ceramics, sculptures, tapestries.

Beside group exhibitions, by 1989 I had more than 30 personal exhibitions in various cities of the Soviet Union, as well as, participated in 13 different soviet or international art symposiums, including graphic, medal-art , statuette, and painting symposiums.

My pieces of monumental art (mosaics, sgrafittos and memorials) are still on display in many Russian cities including Togliatti, Moscow, Izhevsk, Perm, Krasnokamsk.

Moving to Hungary

In 1989 (once it became possible) I moved to Hungary with my family and have been living in Budapest since.

Since 1990 I've participated in more than 60 group and personal exhibitions in Budapest, in other Hungarian cities, as well as, in Germany, France, Denmark, Belgium, Russia, Ukraine, England, Austria, Portugal, and Romania. And I don't plan to stop exhibiting in the near future.

Beside private collection all over the world, my works can also be found in public collections in museums like: Hermitage (St. Petersburg), State Fine Arts Museum (Samara), Theatre Museum (Samara), Memorial Museum of Lenin (Samara), Togliatti Art Museum, Museum of Regional Ethnography (Perm), Museum of Fine Arts of Udmurt Republic, Technical Museum of Autovaz (Togliatti), Museum of Fine Arts of Mari El Republic (Joskar-Ola), Joseph Boksay Fine Art Museum of Transcarpathia (Uzhgorod), Kalmyk Fine Art Museum (Elista), Museum of Medal Art (Wroclaw), Petofi Museum of Literature (Budapest), War History Museum (Budapest).

As of now, I’m a member of the Association of Hungarian Creators (MAOE), Association of Hungarian Fine and Applied Artists, Association of Russian Fine and Applied Artists, AIAP (Association International des Arts Plastiques) and the International Art Medal Federation (FIDEM).

©Zicherman 2019