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Amerigo (Imre) Tot

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Amerigo (Imre) Tot

*  1909 Fehérvárcsurgó
† 1984 Rom


Amerigo Tot (specifically Imre Tóth) was born on September 27, 1909, in Fehérvárcsurgó, Hungary. Tot attended the School for Applied Arts in Budapest from 1926 until 1928. He studied there under Ferenc Helbing und György Leszkovszky. He studied at the Bauhaus in Dessau under László Moholy-Nagy beginning in 1930. Tot moved to Rome after the Nazis came to power in 1933, where he received a stipend from the Roman Hungarian Academy. Tot began fighting with the Italian resistence movement in 1943. He became an advisor for the Roman Hungarian Academy at the end of the Second World War. Tot constructed his first abstract works in the early 1950's. He returned to Hungary for a time in 1968 and produced a series of sculptures. In 1969, Tot created a traditional statue of the Madonna for his hometown Fehérvárcsurgó. Amerigo Tot died on December 13, 1984, in Rome.