Biography

Born 1897 Raab / Gyor in Hungary

1917-18 Serves as artillery officer on the Russian front for the Austrian army

1917 Elder brother Pishda killed in action

1919 Studies at the Academy of Arts, Vienna

1921 Studies at Munich

1923 Marriage to Greta Fried, pianist

1923-1939 Participates in over 40 national and international exhibitions

Secretary and Vice-President of the Hagenbund, Vienna

1929 Illustrations for Der Kreidekreis (The Chalk Circle) by Klabund

1928 & 1936 Ehrenpreis der Stadt Wien (Prize of of Honour of the City of Vienna)

1937 Décoration de Chevalier de l’Ordre de Leopold II of Belgium

1938 Emigration to England

1939 Banned by the Nazi regime from practising as a painter and graphic artist

1940 Destruction of majority of art work by incendiary bomb in London

1942 Works for C.E.M.A. (later the Arts Council)

1945 Learns of murder of parents in Auschwitz (it later transpires that the Nazis murdered his mother in Gyor)  and of the death of his younger brother Vilmos on forced labour march

1952 Death of wife

1952 Senior Lecturer at Liverpool College of Art

1960 Death from leukaemia, Liverpool