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FSU Museum of Fine Arts Tallahassee International Feature: Tibor Simon-Mazula

Published June 14, 2018

Exhibition: August 27th – September 30th

Reception: August 31, 2018 6pm – 8pm

“Combing,” 2014, oil on canvas, 48 x 24 inches.

Hungarian artist, Tibor Simon-Mazula’s painting, Combing, will be included in the 2018 Tallahassee International at the Museum of Fine Arts.

As an “emerging artist” in 2013, Tibor had a two-month solo exhibition in San Francisco at which time he was pleased to be named “artist of the month” by the American interviewed him about his time in California, his return to Hungary, and how his art is better known in the US than at home in Europe.

Tibor spent the last decade living and working in America, and although there are lots of opportunities for an artist, he believes it is an honor to be selected by a jury for a competitive international exhibition. He considers it a great success to have his work shown at the Museum of Fine Arts because it is an academic museum and confers prestige. Out of 300 artists’ submissions of about 600 works, the jurors selected only 44 pieces for the 33rd Tallahassee International exhibition.

Tibor and his wife moved to San Francisco because they wanted to be part of the local art scene. He says that now he has more friends there than in Hungary. San Francisco is inspiring, with many painters, photographers, dancers and musicians. Tibor comments that everyone in Los Angeles is working in the film industry, and everyone in San Francisco is an artist, although he also notes that more and more IT specialists are coming into the city and so changes are occurring.

Tibor is proud of his exhibition at San Francisco’s Academy of Art. One of the interesting things to him was that he had his own professional team to plan the display of 16 paintings and that American Art Collector Magazine wrote a review of the exhibition.

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About The Tallahassee International:

The Tallahassee International is an annual, juried competition sponsored by the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts and juried by faculty from the College of Fine Arts. The competition is open to artists worldwide, eighteen years of age or older, and artists may submit up to two works of art, in the medium of their choice, for consideration. The Museum of Fine Arts congratulates this year’s accepted artists and welcomes visitors to The 33rd Tallahassee International.