Herman Wald

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Herman Wald (Kolozsvár, July 7, 1906 – Johannesburg, July 4, 1970) was a Jewish origin sculpture from in Austria-Hungary and working in South Africa.


He was born to an orthodox Jewish family in Kolozsvár, modern Cluj-Napoca. His father was Jakab Wald rabbi, and his mother was the daughter of rabbi Mózes Glasner. His first success was a sculpture made of wood about Tivadar Herzl. He showed it to his father, who afterward did not block his artistic career. He finished his studies at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in Budapest, and later he learnt at Wien and Berlin as well. As a result of the fascist ideas in the German speaking countries, he moved to Paris and later to London, where he taught sculpture studies. His brother, Márk invited him to the Union of South Africa. He went there and settled in Johannesburg. He founded here an artist studio. He married in 1942 with Vera Rosenbaum, and they had three children (Michael, Pamela, Louis).

He served in the Army during World War II. He took a half year trip to Israel, Rome, Paris and New York in 1952.


His most well known sculptures are the following ones:

  • Kria, Sandringham, 1949
  • Memorial of the Six Million, Johannesburg, 1959
  • Diamond Diggers, Johannesburg, 1960
  • Man and his Soul
  • The Unknown Miner
  • Impala Fountain


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