Laszlo Bagi is a Hungarian born artist. His love for drawing began when he was just 4 years old. His mother would take in people's wash to help make ends meet. Each week, a local gentleman would come by to collect his laundry and have paper and pencil for Laszlo to use for drawing. At 18, he found himself unable to go on for more training and had to put down his pencils and paint brushes and pick up a gun. He fought in the Hungarian Revolution and then had to flee on foot to the Austrian border to escape the wrath of the new government. Not even 20 yet, he had to leave family and home. In Austria he was put into a refugee camp and in order to help the boredom, he gathered together those who wanted to learn how to draw and a bond was formed. Besides art, Laszlo also knew how to sew from his Mother. A woman in the camp showed him how to cut and sew bed linens to make men's underwear. The Hungarian refugees wanted very much to go to the States but the response was a definite NO. The quota had been met. As a last effort to be recognized, they began a hunger strike until Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt stepped in. Within two weeks, Laszlo was flown to the US. He entered the army where he became a para trooper with the 101st Airborne Division for 5 years. Returning to civilian life, he made his home in Pa. Laszlo studied art at the Academy of Art in Budapest, Philadelphia College of Art and the Tyler School of Art. His first chosen medium was pen and ink, often combined with water color. He went on to develop an interest in printmaking: first etching, then wood cuts and finally, multicolored serigraphs. As a member of local and regional art organizations, Laszlo had exhibited and received numerous awards over the last 35 years. He has been commissioned by the Philadelphia Free Library, AAI Corporation, National Analysts Inc. Booz, Allen & Hamilton Inc, AC Transit, Temple University, Mitsubishi International group and countless others. Each day, Laszlo can be found in his studio creating images of beauty from remembrances of the past, those brought home from his time spent in nature and from walks studying the historic buildings of Philadelphia. From poverty, war, refugee camps and relocating to a new country, this giant of a man can teach us all about courage and consistently pursuing passions. In every situation, beauty was birthed from his soul and his desire to create. It is truly the ARTIST who uplifts us all.