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Victor Tolgesy

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Victor Tolgesy
Born(1928-08-22)August 22, 1928
Miskolc, Hungary
DiedJanuary 6, 1980(1980-01-06) (aged 51)
Ottawa, Ontario
Known forsculptor

Victor Tolgesy RCA (22 August 1928 – 6 January 1980)[1] was a Hungarian-born Canadian sculptor. The Victor Tolgesy Arts Award is named in his honor.

Life and work[edit]

Tolgesy was born in Miskolc, Hungary on 22 August 1928.[1] He emigrated to Canada in 1951.[2] He died in Ottawa, Ontario, 6 January 1980.[1]

Freedom for Hungary—Freedom for All (1966) Budapest Park,Toronto

Tolgesy was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts[3]

In 1966, a sculpture by Tolgesy, Freedom for Hungary—Freedom for All was installed in Budapest Park in Toronto to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Hungarian Uprising.[4]


The Victor Tolgesy Arts Award is presented jointly by the City of Ottawa and the Council for the Arts in Ottawa to recognize residents who have contributed to the cultural life of Ottawa. The first award was presented in 1987. The award consists of cash prize and a bronze casting of Tolgesy's 1963 sculpture Seed and Flower.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Victor Tolgesy". National Gallery of Canada. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  2. ^ "The "Explorer" sculpture by Victor Tolgesy". Expo 67 in Montreal (website). Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  4. ^ Ruprecht, Tony (2010). Toronto's Many Faces. Dundurn. ISBN 1459718054.
  5. ^ "The Victor Tolgesy Arts Award". Council for the Arts in Ottawa. Retrieved 11 October 2013.


Tolgesy, Victor. Acrobatics: A Tale of Fantasy and Reality in Words and Sculpture (Ottawa:Edahl Productions Limited, 1985) ISBN 0969120532, 9780969120537 A 'modern fairy tale' illustrated with color photographs of the author's sculptures.

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