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Janos Aknay

Born: 1949

member since: 2019


Janos Aknay (born in 1949, Nyíregyháza, Hungary) is a Hungarian painter and graphic artist. In 1970 he moved to Szentendre, a place which played a significant role in his artistic career. Progressive artistic traditions of Szentendre influenced Aknay’s distinctive style, constructive and symbolic, his artworks frequently contain elements of the town’s architecture, incorporating old Hungarian runes. In 1972 he became one of the founders of the Vajda Lajos Studio, a circle of visual artists interested in experimental practices, and has been its active member since then. He was admitted to the Studio of Young Artists in 1976, to the Arts Fund in 1977 and to the Association of Hungarian Artists in 1983. János Aknay is the president of the Hungarian Association of Creative Artists (MAOE) and member of the Hungarian Academy of Arts.

1972 – Vajda Lajos Studio, founder
1963-67 – Secondary School of Visual Arts, Budapest
1959-63 – Ferenc Medgyessy School of Fine Arts Circle, Debrecen, Hungary


2018 – Hungarian Heritage Award
2017 – Order of Merit Cross of the Hungarian republic
2010 – Kossuth Award
2009 – Prize of the Hungarian Art Foundation 
2006 – Ildiko Simsay Prize of the Hungarian Association of Fine Arts and Crafts
2003 – For the hungarian graphics Prize, IV. National Color Graphics Print Exhibition
2002 – Munkácsy Mihály award
1996 – Award of Siklos Salon, Siklos
1996 – Pest County art prize
1996 – Pro Urbe medal, Szentendre
1994 – Baktay-degree and high-medal Baktay Ervin High School, Dunaharaszti
1989 – Anna Neufeld Memorial Award, Vác 
1988 – The graphics of the year Award, Szentendre Graphics Workshop
1977 – Scholarship of the Studio of Young Artists

Selected individual exhibitions

2012 – Mansfeld Péter Gallery, Budapest
2012 – On the road, Ars Sacra Festival, Magdolna tower, Budapest
2011 – Painter between angels, Gyulai Castle Theatre, Gyula
2010 – Aknay János collected exhibition, MODEM Modern and Contemporary Art Center, Debrecen
2009 – ART-ÉRT Gallery, Sárospatak
2008 – St. George's Day, Pappenheim Castle, Iszkaszentgyörgy
2005 – Exhibition of Aknay János from the Szepessy László collection, Bernady House, Tirgu Mures
2001 – Monostori fortress, Komárom
1999 – Rondella Gallery, Esztergom 
1997 – Palace of Culture, Tirgu Mures 
1990 – County Cultural Center, Szolnok 
1984 – Csongrad Gallery, Csongrad 
1983 – Workshop Gallery, Szentendre 
1977 – Community Centre, Örkény 
1976 – Vajda Lajos Studio Basement Workshop, Szentendre 
1972 – József Attila Cultural Centre, Szentendre 

Selected group exhibitions

2013 – Contemporary Art Gallery, Dunaszerdahely
2013 – Fő téri Gallery, Pécs
2013 – Collegium Hungaricum Berlin, Berlin
2012 – MANK Gallery, Szentendre
2012 – We belong together, Forrás Gallery, Budapest
2009 – AIR-CASTLE Szentendre, exhibition of the Vajda Lajos Studio, Sárospatak 
2008 – VII. Hungarian Painting Day - Live hungarian painting - 60 artists Sixty image Reök, Szeged 
2005 – The Old Colony Szentendre creators, Manréza Spiritual and Cultural Center, Dobogókő
1999 – Transitions '99, Contemporary Festival, Artists' Mill, Szentendre 
1996 – Kertalja International Art Colony, Fony
1987 – Hungarian avant-garde days, Roten Fabrik, Zurich 
1984 – '84 National Art Exhibition, Műcsarnok, Budapest 
1975 – Vajda Lajos Studio, Dózsa György Youth Club, Cegléd 
1972 – Pitfalls, Young Artists Club of Attila Jozsef


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