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Born in Hungary 1936

Bela Ivanyi arrived in Australia in 1957 and settled in Sydney.  He was awarded a Diploma in Painting from the National Art School, East Sydney. Since 1969 he has had thirty five solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and the NSW Central Coast. Group exhibitions include: Reader's Digest Drawing Prize 1968 (which he won); Sydney Printmakers Survey Exhibition, Blaxland Gallery; Perth Drawing Prize; Australian Graphic Atrist's Exhibition, Philip Bacon Gallery; Wynne Prize 1978, 1981-83; Fleurieu Art Prize 2000; and the Kedumba Drawing Award 2003.


Bela is represented in numerous collections including the Australian National Gallery and various private collections throughout Australia and overseas.


From 1974 - 1980 Bela flew into all areas of Queensland from Brisbane as a Flying Art Instructor and has conducted a Winter Art School in Queensland for the past 37 years.


Bela's love of plein air painting, has taken him all around Australia, but his love of Alice Springs and the Kimberleys is palpable.  He says, "Whilst the Kimberleys are exotic, Alice Springs, the heart of the country, is wonderfully rugged and tough but, at the same time, it is sweet."

Bela Ivanyi Bateau Bay SN 43.JPG
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