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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 24 May 1905, in Bergamo; died 1978, in Bergamo.

Painter, film maker.

Bonfanti studied at art school in Bergamo and began painting in 1925.

His work is in the Geometric Abstraction or Constructivist vein and he was very much influenced by Paul Klee and Jean Arp. His style first became defined in the 1960s and gradually developed. He introduced graphic signs borrowed from number and letters of the alphabet into his spatial constructions. These figures and letters were often interpreted and geographically transposed, sometimes being used as titles - for example, of the work he called ...

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Éva Bajkay

(b Beszterce [now Bistriţa, Romania], Dec 1, 1908; d Budapest, Aug 17, 1984).

Hungarian painter, printmaker, collagist, teacher and experimental film maker. In 1921 he attended the Artur Podolni-Volkmann private school in Budapest, and in 1923 he spent a year in Holland. He attended the Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest (1925–30), exhibiting in a group show in 1930 with artists associated with Lajos Kassák’s Work Circle (Munka-kört). After a period in Paris and Holland in 1930, he worked at the Szentendre colony in a Constructivist-Surrealist style similar to that of Lajos Vajda, drawing upon local and folk art motifs (e.g. Szentendre Motif, 1935; Budapest, N.G.), and the musical theory of Béla Bartók. Korniss fought in World War II, returning from a prisoner-of-war camp in 1945. He went on to make small monotypes of rooftops (e.g. Illuminations, c. 1946; Budapest, N.G.). In 1946 he joined the European School, and in 1947–8 he taught at the School of Crafts and Design, Budapest. His work became abstract and geometric, although symbolic meaning is conveyed in the most effective works (e.g. ...