Vida Gabor

The painter was born on January 24th, 1937 in Budapest. His mother was an opera singer and a member of the royal Hungarian opera, his father was an architect. In 1945 Vida Gabor visited the catholic piarist grammar school until it became socialised.

In 1947 his parents noticed that Vida Gabor was able to play back exactly classical music on the flute just based on hearing. He was celebrated as a wunderkind and was admitted to the “Ferenc Liszt music academy”. There he was a student of Professor Ferenc Hochstrasser. At the same time he visited the music grammar school in Budapest where he graduated.
In 1950 he began to paint autodidactic pictures with water- and oil colours.

He gave many concerts as the soloist in the Budapest philharmonic orchestra in Hungary and in numerous European cities. Parallel to that he worked on many orders for paintings.

In 1961 Vida Gabor quitted his professorship for flute, which he had done for 16 years.

In 1974 he illustrated the animated cartoon “Hüverlyk Maty” with tempera. Gabor created wood-, gypsum- and bronze sculptures and did a goldsmith apprenticeship. Nevertheless, he did not get the title of master craftsman. The reason for that was that it had been prohibited to deal with the art of gold- forging in the communist Hungary at that time.
In 1977 he started to paint more and more. He prefers the format 40 x 50cm for his pictures. Every single blank is prepared very carefully by the painter. The blank on which he then starts painting is as smooth as glass which gives them an enamel like look at first sight. The transparent ink that he uses is very thin and contains just a few pigments. Therefore it covers the painting without a visible track of the paintbrush.

The creative process can also be seen in Vida Gabor’s works. He modified the genre of dutch painters of the 17th century and of the period of Biedermeier an created his own picture world.