Sculptor László Kutas studied drawing at the private school of Ernő Ágoston in Sopron, Hungary from 1952 to 1954 and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest from 1954 to 1960. He obtained an Drawing Teacher‘s Diploma (High School Teacher’s Diploma) in 1959, and a Diploma of Sculpture in 1960.
Mr. Kutas was born on the 17th of April 1936 in Budapest, Hungary, the son of Emil Kutas and Márta Podmaniczky. In 1960 he married Henriette Hoffman, a painter and restorer of oil paintings; they have two daughters, Ágnes and Diana.
Mr. Kutas creates medals and small sculptures, which can be seen in the Hungarian National Gallery and in different museums throughout the country, as well as abroad such as the Royal Collection of Medals in Stockholm, Sweden; Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria; Staatliche Münzensammlung, Munich, Germany; Commune de Firenze (Florence) and Centro Dantesco, Ravenna, Italy. He has held private exhibitions in Budapest (1971), Wiener Neustadt, Austria (1975), Sopron, Hungary (1976), Regensburg, Germany (1980, 1983), and Törökszentmiklós, Budapest, Hungary (1984). His public sculptures on display in Hungarian towns include Baja (1963), Törökszentmiklós (bronze, 1968), Debrecen (stone, 1968), Komló (stone, 1972), Budapest (stone, 1965, red marble 1966), Zánka (bronze, 1978), Paks (bronze, 1982) and Sopron (bronze relief, 1982). They are also to be found in Czechoslovakia and Austria. Group exhibitions have been held in Hungary, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Portugal, Czechoslovakia, Holland, Denmark, West Germany, Korea and Japan.
Mr. Kutas, member of the Hungarian Artists Association and FIDEM, has been described as an outstanding creator of medals. According to the journal, “The Medal” (September 1983), “László has some of the typical Hungarian characteristics; he adores music, for instance, and when Leonard Bernstein came to conduct Tristan in Munich, László made a special medal with Bernstein’s portrait on one side, and Tristan & Isolde with the love potion on the other. He is very generous, another Hungarian habit: he gave the medal to Bernstein, who was delighted. The likeness is astonishing, especially as László had never seen Bernstein in the flesh. This ability to capture a vivid portrait from a series of photos is perhaps the most impressive achievement of the present medallists’ generation”. In 1974 Mr. Kutas won 1st prize in an international medal competition, “Giorgio Vasari”, Florence, Italy; in 1976 he gained an Extra Prize” at a “Sport in Art” competition in Budapest; and in 1979, a Silver Medal at the Dante Bienniale, Ravenna, Italy.
(Quotation from the International Who’s who of Intellectuals Volume VII, page 462.)