An outstanding Ukrainian painter, one of the founders of the Transcarpathian school of fine arts. He was born on May 25, 1891, with. Kelemenfolvo, Austria-Hungary, Zagatie village, Irshava district, Transcarpathian region. Adalbert Erdeli (real name Gryts) – an outstanding artist-colorist, considered himself a follower of Cezanne. He worked mainly in the genre of portrait, landscape, still life. Even before the war he was a famous painter, whose works were exhibited all over Europe, they were readily acquired by museums from different countries. By the mid-1930s, he had created more than a thousand paintings. In Soviet times, he was ranked among the “formalists”, the only exhibition of the artist was in Uzhgorod in 1954. According to experts, Adalbert Erdeli is one of the most powerful Ukrainian artists of the first half of the twentieth century. His name is worn by the Uzhhorod College of Arts of the Transcarpathian Art Institute. Artist-colorist, master of landscape and portrait painting, still life. The teacher, the first director of the Uzhhorod College of Applied Arts. He studied at the Budapest Academy of Arts (from I. Reves, A. Grunewald). Since 1916 he lived in Mukachevo, in 1922 – 1926 – in Munich, from 1926 – in Uzhgorod and in 1929 – 1931 – in Paris. In 1927 he founded, together with I. Bokshay UHSH, in 1931 – the Association of Fine Arts Workers in Subcarpathian Rus. He taught drawing in the Mukachevo gymnasium, a teacher’s seminary in Uzhgorod, in 1945 – 1955 – in the Uzhhorod College of Applied Arts. Lived and worked in Uzhhorod. He died on September 19, 1955 in the city of Uzhhorod.
“… copying nature today is no longer the main principle of artistic creativity. Creativity also means choosing, organizing in a certain combination of light, form and color, passed through our personality. ”
Photo: A. Erdeli “The Young Artist” 1928
Photo: A. Erdeli “The Betrothed” 1953
Photo: “Quiet river. Shelestovo “, the artist Adalbert Mikhailovich Erdeli