Bácsi's extraordinary marble and bronze sculpture is exhibited
coast to coast and is held in significant collections throughout
is a Professional Sculptor member of the National Sculpture Society,
New York City (est. 1893).
Bácsi was born in Gyor, Hungary. At age six,
he and his family moved to the United States. Continuing the
familys long tradition as stone carvers, Bácsi took
an interest in carving at an
early age. Essentially self-taught, in 1978, Bácsi
gained employment at the Studio Ferdinando
Palla in Pietrasanta, Italy, where he became an ornamentista
or fine detail carver.
to the U.S. and settling in Cleveland,
Ohio, he then worked as an architectural
ornamental master designer at Fischer and Jirouch Architectural
Ornamentation and as a bronze foundryman at the nationally acclaimed
Studio Foundry. Eventually, Bácsi opened his own sculpture
studio and now lives and works in Santa Barbara, California.
1999, Bácsi was awarded both the Gold
Medal and Maurice B. Hexter Prize at the National Sculpture Society
Members Exhibition in
New York City.
In 2001, fellow exhibitors at the CAC 91st annual members' exhibition
awarded him the Gold Medal
for the Carrara marble masterwork
"Driver of the Wheel".
He won the California Art Club Gold Medal for best Sculpture
again at the
96th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition in 2007.
Bela recently won the 2011 California Art Club Gold Medal for
This is his third win of this prestigious award.
holds a California Community Colleges
teaching certificate for adult education programs
and has taught at Santa Barbara City College and
offers private classes. In addition, he serves as an
adviser to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art Docents Council.