Born March 15, 1943 in Szekelyudvarhely, Transylvania, Hungary (now Romania), Marton Varo studied sculpture at Ion Andreescu Institute of Arts in Cluj ,Romania from 1960 to 1966. In 1970, he moved to Debrecen, Hungary, where he completed several sculptures for public places and was awarded the Munkacsy Prize in 1984.

Receiving a Fulbright scholarship in 1988, Varo became affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, studying the relationship between architecture and sculpture. In 1990, he became the Artist in Residence for a public art project in the City of Brea, California.

Varo lives and works in the USA, in California and Florida, spending summers working in Carrara, Italy.


1991    Ladanyi Foundation, New York 1989    Fulbright Scholarship, University of California, Irvine 1984    Munkacsy Prize


2008    Galerie du Soleil, Naples, Florida 1994    New York, Consulate of Republic of Hungary 1987    Cultural Center, Lage, Germany 1986    Behr Mobelhaus, Stuttgart, Germany 1986    Satoraljaujhely, Hungary 1986    City Hall, Gerlingen, Germany 1986    Exhibition Hall, Herrenberg, Germany 1985    Keszthely, Hungary 1985    Dunaujvaros, Hungary 1984    Vigado Gallery, Budapest, Hungary 1981    Mucsarnok, Exhibition Hall, Budapest, Hungary 1978    Mora Ferenc Museum, Szeged, Hungary 1977    Studio Gallery, Budapest, Hungary 1976    Nyiregyhaza, Hungary 1975    Studio Gallery, Budapest, Hungary 1970    Mamaia, Romania 1969    Oradea, Romania


1998    Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas 1994    La Quinta Sculpture Garden, La Quinta, California1994    West Week/Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, California 1994    LA Art ’94, Los Angeles, California 1993    LA Art ’93, Los Angeles, California 1993    Art Institute of Southern California, Laguna Beach, California 1993    Jansen-Perez Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1991    Hungarian Spring Festival, Santa Barbara, California 1990    Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton, California 1986    Bronzetto, Piccola Scultura, Padua, Italy 1986    Recent Hungarian Art, Canada

1985    International Exhibition for Wood Sculpture, Nagyatad, Hungary 1985    Central Finland Museum of Art, Jyvaskyla, Finland 1984    13 Artists from Hungary, Stockholm Art Fair, Sweden 1984    Tendencias, Madrid, Spain

1983    Debrecen Biennale, Summer Show, Award of the Show, Debrecen, Hungary 1983    40 Creative Years, Budapest, Hungary 1982    Konsthall Sodertalje, Sweden 1979    Hungarian Small Sculpture & Graphics, Moscow, USSR

1978    4th International Small Sculpture Exhibition, Budapest, Hungary 1978    Studio of Young Artists at the Grand Palais, Paris, France 1977    Artists of the Studio of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary 1976    Szeged Biennale Summer Show, Award of the Show, Szeged, Hungary 1976    Open Air Sculpture Show, Antwerp, Belgium

1967    Studio of Young Artists of Hungary, LeHavre, France 1966    Spring Student Festival, Cluj, Romania


1988 ! 1988 1977 1972

Symposium: The Situation of Sculpture and Painting At The End of the Twentieth Century, Delphi, Greece Symposium for Marble, Volos, Greece Symposium, Awarded Prize of City of Burgas, Burgas, Bulgaria Symposium for Marble, Prilep, Macedonia (then part of Yugoslav Federation)


“Annunciation”, Ave Maria, Florida Garden of Hope and Courage, Naples, Florida , Romania Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, Tennessee TCU, Fort Worth, Texas Kyongnam Province Parlament, Korea NTNU Institute of Technology, Trondheim, Norway Nancy Lee & Perry R. Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, Texas Tustin Ranch Marketplace, Tustin, California Art Institute of Southern California, Laguna Beach, California Pereira Sculpture Garden, UCI, Irvine, California Plaza of the Americas, Dallas, Texas Peace Memorial, Palm Desert, California

Breaking Free, City Hall, Brea, California Anavros Sculpture, City of Volos, Greece Central Finland Museum of Art, Jyvaskyla, Finland Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland Collection of the Ministry of Culture, Budapest, Hungary National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary Mora Ferenc Museum, Szeged, Hungary Deri Museum, Debrecen, Hungary Government Administration Building, Debrecen, Hungary Kalvin Plaza, Debrecen, Hungary Berettyoujfalu City Hall, Hungary Congress Convention Center, Budapest, Hungary City of Burgas, Bulgaria City of Debrecen, Hungary Debrecen Clock Tower, Hungary Szombathely City Hall, Hungary Debrecen New Post Office, Hungary Mateszalka Textile Factory, (BFK) Berettyoujfalu Elzett Works, Hungary City Sculpture Garden, Prilep, Macedonia, Yugoslavia Dr. Petru, Groza City, Romania Muzeul Tarii Crisurilor, Oradea, Romania