Eva Kolosvary-Stupler

Artist Statement

I was born in Budapest and as a child I wanted to pick up other people’s throw-aways, but was not allowed to do so. After high school graduation, still a teenager, I immigrated to Switzerland, the cleanest country on earth, where you never could get in contact with junk. Five years later I arrived in the United States and eagerly started recycling, even before it became popular – hoarding rusty metals, weathered plywood boards and other unwanted, but interesting objects, keeping them in my yard. I also started to raid swap-meets and junk stores. My house went through a metamorphosis when I applied those found object to its walls, doors, entry way and fences.

In the meantime, I’d earned an MFA at California State University, Long Beach, and continued to concentrate my artistic activities on printmaking. Eventually I started to organize the objects I’d been collecting into art works by assembling them into new meanings completely different from their former utilitarian past.

Recently I returned to my early love of drawing, this time in color. I’ve started examining the underlying structures and inner life force of seemingly common organic forms, such as fruits and vegetables, attempting to reveal the magical contained within the ordinary. I’ve also begun to explore the conjunction of anatomical and abstract elements into integrated relationships. I am currently expanding my drawing subject matter to include a series of landscape-related geometric abstractions and another series of monochrome bones surrounded by colored organic abstract lines and forms.


1980 MFA California State University, Long Beach


Eva Kolosvary-Stupler is an award winning artist working in several different mediums. She earned her M.F.A. at California State University, Long Beach, and has taught in many colleges in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. In Hungary, where she was born, she studied painting and drawing and continued to do so during her five-year stay in Switzerland. In the United States she began her studies in ceramics at El Camino College. Afterwards, at California State University, Long Beach, she graduated in printmaking. Her large color intaglios have been shown and have earned prizes nationwide, as well as in Europe, South America and Asia. After she changed over to doing assemblages she continued to exhibit widely and earned awards from many competitions. Recently she has been concentrating on doing colored drawings which, while stylistically and materially different from her assemblages, share her concern for both the subtly and blatantly surreal. She is an honorable member of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society, where she served as president in 1980. She is also a member of the Los Angeles Assemblage Group, Color Pencil Society of America and Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art. In April 2007 she was given a 40 year retrospective exhibition at the Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery in Walnut, California.

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