Zsuzsi Roboz

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Zsuzsi Roboz (15 August 1929 – 9 July 2012) was a London-based Hungarian painter.[1]

Early life[edit]

Zsuzsi Roboz was born in Budapest. Her father, Imre Roboz, was the manager of the Vígszínház theatre, which specialised in operettas. Her mother, Edith Roboz, was a society hostess.[1]

As an only child, Roboz was largely raised by governesses, seeing relatively little of her parents, but enjoyed spending time with them whenever their busy lives would permit. The Sunday morning walks with her parents were a happy memory for Roboz as it was one of the only times she could really spend time talking to her parents, especially her father.[2]

During the 1930s, Roboz felt a change in Hungary as right-wing ideas became more prominent and especially with Nazi Germany invading Hungary's former sister state Austria in 1938. Eventually the liberal arts fell out of favour and Roboz's father, Imre, was deprived of his job, handing it over to an old friend writer Harsanyi Zsolt. It was soon necessary for Imre to go into hiding, shortly followed by Roboz and her mother in separate accommodation. They heard very little of Imre until he became uncontactable and eventually declared dead, although his body was never found.[2]


After a brief period in France, she was sent to secretarial school in London but would pursue a career in painting. Some of her paintings are exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and the Tate Gallery. She was best known for her portraits of dancers, musicians and writers.[3]


  1. ^ a b Edward Lucie-Smith (19 July 2012). "Zsuzsi Roboz dies". London, UK: Guardian. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Taylor, John Russell (2005). Roboz: A Painter's Paradox. Buckinghamshire: The Studio of Fine Art Publications. pp. 13–17. ISBN 1-903438-85-3. 
  3. ^ Profile, Times Literary Supplement, 23 August 2008; retrieved September 26, 2008, No 5504, p. 3

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