Hungary/France (1919-1994)

Born in Hungary, Vera Harsanyi from her maiden name, prove to be a good swimmer and participate in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. In 1940, she travels to Paris and visits the illustrator Paul Colin who made her discover arts. Coming back in Budapest, she studies decorative arts in Hanna Dallos’ studio where she met her husband, Pierre Székely. Close to André Borderie whom she meet as soon as 1946 in Vienna, the two designers regularly collaborates. In 1950, the couple settles in Bures-sur-Yvette in France where Vera Székely begins her career as a sculptor. Inspired by abstract shapes and archaic objects, she diversifies her practice towards painting, mosaic, tapestry and stained glass. Awarded at the Milan Trienna in 1954, the pieces by Vera Székely is showcased in numerous museums, such as the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.