Akos Dezso Hamza Print Facebook share

painter, film-director
(1st September 1903. – 16th May 1993.)

The artist was born in Hodmezovasarhely in 1903. He loved the Jaszsag as a child. His grandfather, Hamza Pal was a teacher in Jászberény. He attended the third grade of primary school at the People's School in Abonyi Street and graduated from the Verseghy Ferenc Grammar School.

At the Academy of Fine Arts, his painting teacher was Istvan Csok, his sculptor teacher was Zsigmond Kisfaludy-Strobl. In the meantime he also attended Law School. After receiving his diploma, he received scholarship to Paris in 1926. He attended the Grande Chaumiére. He participated at a few collective exhibitions but he held his first independent exhibition in 1929 in the Miromesnil Gallery in Paris. Critics took him for a representative of the Paris school and he was faithful to the freest genre of modern art. He first met film art as the assistant of Rene Claire.In the meantime he did field trips to Italy and Germany. In Paris he met and married with Maria Lehel Hamza, daughter of Ferenc Lehel writer, aesthete and painter and of Maria Lehel painter.

They returned to Hungary in 1936 and Hamza turned towards film art for the next two deacdes. As a film director, his first film was titled 'The Gyurkovics Boys' from 1940 a popular story of Ferenc Herczeg. Rise above his other films the 'Post in the suburban' in 1942. Until 1944 he directed ten feature film. In 1944 the censorship didn't allow to present his humanistfilm, and forbid him to direct films. He directed his last film in Hungary in 1948. He moved to Rome in 1949 where he directed films, but became involved in painting again. He showed his paintings at a new exhibition. He was invited to Brazil as a film director in 1953 with a charge for six films. After all, for financial reasons he directed just one film in 1955 ('Who killed Anabela?'). He worked as mentor in some films, but then he spent his time with painting and drawing. He settled with his wife in Sao Paulo, where Maria Lehel Hamza worked as fashion designer and journalist. (Because her activity she was received an award by the Brazilian Journalist's Trade Union.)

A summary of Hamza's work as a film director was written in a catalogue made for his exhibition in Torino in 1982. 'He directed twelve feature films and six documentaries. He produced fifteen feature films and fourteen documentaries'.

In his abstract fine artworks the dinamics of spirals and weaves are in abundance, as if the prints of the variegation of life. However, the artist does not get lost in the ever-changing processes of life but pays attention to human drama, suffering, intentions. Even more, he directs the attention of the viewers towards these. Despite his symbolism, the center of the pictures is man. The deeper is the insight into his ideas if we focus on the atmosphere and content of the pictures and not formal elements. We can also mention the pure and varied colors that are important for meaning. His unique art does not relate to any of the genres.

He held his first exhibition in Sao Paolo in 1955. Following this, he held exhibitions in other towns of South America until his return to Europe from 1972 and showed his works in Paris, Vienna, Torino and Munich. He was awarded with 'Troféu Homenagem' and the 'Golden Medal' in 1986.

He held his first exhibition in Hungary in Jaszbereny in 1987, then in the Szolnok Gallery with the sculptor Borbereki-Kovacs Zoltan. In 1987 he was given the freedom of Jaszbereny, and in 1988 he got a national honour. In 1989 they settled in Jaszbereny and Hamza donated almost 200 of his works to the Jaszsag. He died in 1993, Jaszbereny.

After his death the town started to organize a museum from the legacy. The Hamza Museum opened in 1995. The permanent exhibition shows the most significant pieces of the life-work, mainly abstract, non-figurative pictures. In the permanent exhibition visitors can see a selection from 1949 to 1965 about the fashion-designs of Maria Lehel Hamza as well. 

The Hamza Collection and Jasz Gallery - thereafter does research, and shows the Hamza-oeuvre - work on to show the art history of the Jaszsag.


 Akos D. Hamza's most important exhibitions:

1929.: Galerie Miromesnil – Paris
1950.: Atelier-exhibition – Rome
1955.: Galeria Portinari – Sao Paulo
1959.: Atelier-exhibition – Sao Paulo
1969.: Club Allemand – Pernambuco
1970.: Galerie Empetur – Pernambuco
1971.: Club Transatlantico – Sao Paulo
1971.: Biblioteca Presidente Kennedy – Sao Paulo
1972.: Künstlerhaus – Viena
1972.: Galerie Transposition – Paris
1973.: Galerie Margelik – München
1976.: Sociedade Hippica – Campo Grande
1976.: Centro Cultural A. Z. Flosi – Campos de Jordan
1978.: L. A. Centro D’Arte e di Cultura – Cuneo
1982.: G. Magimawa Centro D’Arte Moderna – Torino
1983.: Centro de Artes Art Staroup – Sao Paulo
1987.: Hungarian House – Sao Paulo
1987.: Jasz Museum – Jaszbereny
1987.: Gallery of Szolnok – Szolnok
1992.: Cultural Centre – Jaszarokszallas (with Gyöngyi B. Janosi and Jozsef Sisa)
1992.: Cultural Centre – Jaszapati (with Gyöngyi B. Janosi and Jozsef Sisa)

1993.: Gallery in the Primary School of Teacher Training College – Jaszbereny
1995.: Permanent exhibition opens of his works in the Hamza Museum – Jaszbereny
1995.: Hotel Gellert – Budapest
1998.: Kassak Museum – Budapest
2004.: College of Szent Istvan University – Jaszbereny
2005.: Embassy of Brasil – Budapest
2006.: 1st World Exhibition of Artists of Hungarian Origin Living in the West – Budapest
2007.: "Tropicalia" exhibition – Jaszbereny
2008.: Cultural Centre – Jaszfenyszaru
2009.: Main Square Gallery – Gyongyos