Somogyi Sándor

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contemporary ceramic artist biography


Sándor Somogyi ceramic artist


I was born in 1958, Sárospatak/ Hungary and grew up in Budapest. I had an early interest in pottery, enrolled as a mature student at Bokányi Dezső Szakmunkásképző Iskola (Industrial School). Then, certificated in Vági István Anyagipari Szakközépiskola (Craft School) as a Ceramic Technician, and I held my first exhibition.
Somogyi Sándor
From the beginning of seventies I started learning ceramic profession and related to it's crafts activities. At first I studied model- and mould making, afterwards ceramic technician qualifications obtained. I used to work at the FIM Kőbányai Porcelángyár, -wich was the one of the bigest porcelain factory in Hungary- I had excellent teachers. I participed in various artistic contents, youth competitions, in wich demonstrated nice results. I am interested in glass, enamel, porcelain, ceramics and of course in arts. I spend much time on drawing and learning embossing techniques. From the begining of eighties I started working in my own studio to design and creat objects of everyday use.

Currently my activity as a ceramic artist freelancer. I have taken active role in many joint projects: architectural ceramic, fountain, ceramic wall pieces. My works can be found in several galeries in Budapest an other rural cities in Hungary.


Hungarian Society of National Fine and Applied Arts (OKIT)
Scientific Association of Silicate Industry (Sz.T.E.)


1977-1988 Annual Group exhibition of Creative Youth Competition ( Alkotó Ifjúság pályázat) / Budapest
1990 Industrial design - Personal exhibition FIM Studio/ Budapest
1993 Group exhibition -ART EXPO/ Hungexpo,Budapest
1995- 2000 Annual Group exhibition -Chamber of Industry Budapest, Artistic Crafts course
2003 Annual Group exhibition- The Hungarian Society of National Fine and Applied Arts (OKIT)/ Budapest, Újpest Polgár Centrum Gallery
2004 Annual Group exhibition- OKIT / Balatonalmádi -Local Council, Padlás Gallery,
2006 Annual Group exhibition- OKIT / Tata- Old Castle, Öreg Vár Gallery
2007 Personal exhibition- " Layers" / Pécel, Residence Raday
2008 Annual Group exhibition-OKIT / Komárom, Monostori Fortress- Duna Bástya Gallery
2009 Annual Group exhibition- OKIT, / Budapest, Újpest Gallery
2010 Personal exhibition-" Máshol…"/ Monor, Vigadó Gallery
2010 Personal exhibition "Attitude" / Pilisvörösvár, Mű-hely Gallery
2010 Annual Group exhibition- OKIT / Keszthely, Balaton Museum
2011 Annual Group exhibition- OKIT, / Budapest, Újpest Gallery
2011 ArtDeco21 Project Exhibition - Museum of Applied Arts/ Budapest
2011 Group exhibition „ Kreatívny Priemysel” -/ Komárom, Monostori Fortress
2012 Personal Exhibition - Vecsés, JAM Exhibition room of the city
2012 Annual Group exhibition-OKIT, Debrecen
2012 Ceramica Multiplex ,4th International Festival of Postmodern Ceramics , Varasdin, Croatia
2012 City Gallery, Gold Coast- Australia
2012 Ceramica Multiplex in Kapfenberg, Austria
2012 Group exhibitions in London
       - West Bank Gallery
       - Gallery 286
       - Britannia Centre

Grands and Awards

1982 Creative Youth Competition (Alkotó Ifjúság pályázat) First prize / Budapest
1985 Creative Youth Competition (Alkotó Ifjúság pályázat) First prize / Budapest
1988 Ministerial Award ( Industrial Ministry of Hungary) / Budapest
2000 Excellent Craftsman- exhibitor’s prize,Chamber of Industry Budapest, Artistic Crafts course
2010 Tibor Dulity Memorial Award/ Budapest
2012 28th Gold Coast Ceramic Art Award, Australia – Second prize
2013 America’s Clayfest 2013 Roseville, California – Second place Award

I regularly stock the following galleries of „Képcsarnok Ltd”

  • Páczay Pál Gallery---Székesfehérvár
  • Szőnyi István Hall--Miskolc
  • Gulácsi Lajos Hall---Szeged
  • Ferency Károly Gallery--Pécs
  • Prestige Gallery-Budapest
  • New Castellum Gallery-Budapest
  • Malom Art Gallery-Kecskemét