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Balázs Kicsiny was born in 1958 in Salgótarján. He trained at the Department of Painting of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts from 1978 to 1982, and completed the postgraduate course MA in Mural Arts between 1982 and 1985. He also obtained a doctoral degree (DLA) from the Academy's Graduate School in 2008. While he has been living in London since 1995, Balázs Kicsiny regularly exhibits on the Hungarian art scene, and has been teaching at the Graduate School of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts since 2005.
The winner of a number of grants and scholarships (Derkovits Scholarship, 1988-1991; Pan European Arts Scholarship, 1988; grant from the British Council in Hungary, Glasgow, UK; Hungarian Eötvös Scholarship to support a study tour to the UK in 1995), Balázs Kicsiny is also the holder of several awards (Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, 2005; Smohay Award, 1993; Munkácsy Award, 1992).
He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions at home and abroad. In 2005, he represented Hungary at the 51st Venice Biennale, and his work was shown at the recently closed group exhibition "The New Arrivals: 8 Contemporary Artists from Hungary" in Brussels (Palais des Beaux-Arts / Paleis voor Schone Kunsten).
His works can be found in significant domestic and foreign collections (Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest; Budapest History Museum; Municipal Gallery - Kiscell Museum; Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest; Janus Pannonius Museum, Pécs; Szent István Király Museum, Székesfehérvár; Albertina, Vienna, Austria; Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth, UK; Zachęta Sztuki Współczesnej, Szczecin, Poland), and private collections (Antal-Lusztig Collection, Debrecen; First Hungarian Image Gallery, Tapolca-Diszel; collection of Katalin Spengler and Zsolt Somlói, Budapest; Silvio Pötchner's collection, Vienna, Austria; Michel Bondon's collection, Rennes, France; Paul Westlake's collection, London, UK; Alain Servais's collection, Brussels, Belgium).
At the invitation of the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University, and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, the artist currently resides in Saint Louis, USA, serving as a Freund Visiting Artist at the Graduate School of the university, while preparing for his one-man exhibition opening in the museum in January 2012.(4)