About Imre

Imre Zsido was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1950. After completing Electronics Technical School in 1968, he applied to the Hungarian National Art School to study art. Unfortunately, due to his family’s conflict with the communist state, he was not accepted into the school and any success seemed limited to him.

After completing two years of military service, he married his wife Livia in 1972. It was that year that they decided they would need to leave Hungary in order to pursue becoming a professional artist.

In 1973 they escaped communist Hungary to end up in an Italian Refugee Camp in the city of Latina, Southern Italy. Here they spent three months before being accepted to (West) Germany where they lived with relatives in Duisburg (northern Germany).

Imre worked as an electrician for a year and half until their son Zimmaron was born. In 1975 they immigrated to Melbourne, Australia. In 1979, they had a daughter, Sylvia, and have resided in Australia ever since.

Imre is a member of the Victorian Artist’s Society and received his first award at the “Dandenong Festival of Music and Art for Youth” in 1976. He has since received numerous awards and commendations throughout Australia, including receiving a personal letter from Sir William Dargie (Australia’s leading artist and art teacher). Throughout the years he has produced hundreds of drawings and has been commissioned to do numerous private pieces.

To contact Imre Zsido, please e-mail: imre@artfantasy.net

In Imre’s Own Words

“My interest in art started at very young age. I remember being one of the best art students in school, and often my teacher would have me to draw and paint banners, cards, etc., for class and school functions.

Soon I studied the life and works of renaissance artists such as Leonardo and Michelangelo, but the biggest influence on me was Salvador Dali and other surreal artists. With their inspiration, I began to formulate my own style of drawing.

Much later, while staying in Italian and German refugee camps, while escaping Hungary, I drew many ink sketches which increased my desire to work with black and white, improving my skills and exploring various styles of artwork. I enjoy telling stories and this soon led me to start drawing bigger and more complicated drawings to accommodate what I was seeing in my mind.

Once I immigrated to Australia, I worked as an electronics technition during the day, and after hours into the early morning to produce larger works some taking as many as 200-300 hours to complete. I love to tell stories and use both Fantasy and Surrealistic genres to express them.

In 1978, I did complete an eight month Art History course at the Ringwood Education Centre in Melbourne, and did some practical print maker workshops at the Caulfield Institute of Technology. Though I longed to study art for many years prior to this, I felt that schooling did not help to improve my skills as much as my own personal practice.  For this reason, I decided to stop any further schooling and to continue to teach myself.

I am very proud to be completely self-taught and educated and to offer my works to those who art intereted. While not limited to black and white ink and pen, my art encompassed many different styles including oil, pastels, pencil, and even clay and wood carving from time to time.”