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Sándor Györfi was born in 1951 in Karcag. In 1969, he completed the Secondary School of Fine and Applied Arts, he graduated from the College of Fine Arts in 1978. Upon graduation, he received an atelier and a scholarship from his hometown. Since then, he has been living in Karcag. His career has proved that returning home provided a good basis not only for his career, but his town has also profited from it. His great piazza work, which brought him nationwide fame, a full− length portrait of ethnographer István Györffy, was exhibited in the park of the István Györffy Nagy− kun Museum of Karcag in 1984. As he writes: “The Györffy statue meant a great challenge since I regard him as my mental forefather. He convinced me that if I was born here, I have jobs to do here. If I’m a sculptor, I have to interpret my mission as a sculptor. His spirituality made me stay in Kar− cag. There are no small places, great things can be done anywhere. A person living alone on a farm is able to carry out the highest mental activities, especially if he’s an artist. What I got from Györffy is that we have to pay attention to our values that are organic part of our culture. In the statue, I tried to express this resistance, rigour and the adherence to one’s homeland.” In all of his works, his brilliant workmanship is compelling, the way he rules the material, the airiness how he represents the various plastic solutions. Apparently, he can do what he wants with the material not influenced by either the size or the technique. In fact, it’s all about the idea, the thought in the form and he has hardly ever had a conception that he was unable to carry out. He does not accept convention, only tradition. He uses ancient sculptural techniques in his works; he works as a handicraftsman on every piece he creates; he creates alone from the first minute to the last. He is a sculptor who is able to govern space from coins and small sculpture to big full−length pieces. His main area is bronze, but he is also experienced in carving stone as well. Györfi is a figural artist. In addition to that, he has also made some applied or decorative pieces. (Wells, ornamented memorial gates, memorial bells, symbolic columns etc.) Abstraction is a natural process for him, and he never goes beyond the extent when the original organism is perceptible in the forms. This process is expressed in the forms of two ageing people sitting on a bench: A Couple, which he created in several variations; around that time he created his coins that emphasize the rhythm of forms (Variations I, II, Karcag I, Sails of Balaton). To the memory of studs was born from the experience of galloping horses, but the very same spin inspired Legend. The different degrees of abstraction show how far Györfi was willing to simplify the living shapes. There is no way to communicate about human conceptual questions in an abstract form. In fine arts, it is sculpture that is most reluctant to give up figurativeness, and in case of monuments, it is almost impossible. Outside sculptures always carry some kind of thought. Not only because sponsorship is necessary, but also because of its agitatorial position. In a dictatorship, it is the expression of a central power, in a democracy, because of fashion or the trend of politics, the artist’s intention get a bigger role. Györfi’s piazza works mainly of our kings and generals of historical importance are attached to the idea of the preservation and presentation of Hungarian culture. First of all, we need to mention his statue of St. László erected in 2000 in Kisvárda, which is of outstanding importance not only in the artist’s oeuvre but also in the history of Hungarian equestrian statues. The larger−than−life equestrian statue commemorates the knight king, whose life was preserved in popular stories. The statue shows the king, who was raised to the altars of the Church, and a hero of several legends, at the very moment,

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