Biography

Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1949, Géza Hermann escaped his native country during the 1956 revolution. His artistic training includes apprenticeship and studies with the Russian icon painter Valentine Firsoff Shebaeff, with Guido Molinari and Yves Gaucher, as well as the sculptors Paul Neagu and John Ivor Smith amongst others.

In 1967 he begins his first series of nature studies. After Expo in the same year, is encouraged to travel to Europe to study the works of the great masters.

In 1968 he lives in England, France, Germany, Hungary, Holland and Austria. Later that year, he returns to Canada to work on the Churchill Falls power project in Labrador. Coming back to Montreal in 1970, he begins experiments with luminescent pigments which continue to the present day.

In 1973 he begins to study Tai Chi Chuan with Tam Chuck Ying as well as the ideas of G.I. Gurdjieff, J. Krishnamurti and Eastern art and Philosophy. He continues experiments with fluorescent pigments.

Has first solo exhibition in 1977 at Pollock Hall, McGill University. That same year he begins work on the Hymns Spheres series, culminating with the ‘Portals’ in 1993.

In 1980 he meets abstract expressionist painter, Richard Pousette-Dart, and writes a paper on the significance of Pousette-Dart’s work in the later half of the 20th century.

In the early 80’s he creates a series of welded steel sculptures and completes a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Concordia University. The following year he receives a Diploma in Education from McGill University.

In 1987 he founds the Alternative Landscaping Company and has since designed and created sculptured gardens, winning numerous awards. He specializes in Zen influenced gardens after a meeting with Ken Nakajima, architect of the Japanese Garden at the Montreal Botanical Gardens. He returns to Hungary for a second time in 1989.

In April of 1993 he exhibits the ‘Portals’ in Toronto at the Art Dialogue gallery. In the same year he begins to teach art at an alternative Outreach program until the year 2000.

Joins the Canadian Hungarian Artist Collective (CHAC) in 2002 and participates both the 2005 and 2007 Tantramar Art symposiums, creating onsite installations at Cape Jourimain, New Brunswick.

In 2004, exhibits the Flower meditations series at Galerie Clair Obscure.

He begins work in 2006 on the ‘Split Horizon’ series, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. The series is exhibited that same year in October at the Centaur Theatre’s Seagram gallery.

Work on the latest series ‘Tempus Fugit’ began in 2007 and was exhibited at Galerie Bernard in March 2008.

  Geza Hermann CV (English)

  Geza Hermann CV (Français)