Biography


Born 19 July 1922 in Poland.
Died 26 June 2016 in Australia.
Holocaust survivor.
Migrated to Australia in 1950.
Studied oil painting under Donald Campbell, 1960-1963.
Subsequently, mainly self-taught.
Expressionist painter.
Graphic miniaturist from the family of artistic tradition.
Exhibited since 1960 in both solo and group exhibitions.
Many publications report his work.
A number of books written to describe his life and work.
TV and radio programs devoted to his art.


Solo Exhibitions

  • 1979 Felix Tuszynski, Malvern Artists Society, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1980 Felix Tuszynski & Bill Coleman, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1987 Felix Tuszynski, Retrospective Exhibition, Malvern Artists Society, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1988 Felix Tuszynski, Retrospective Bi-Centenary Exhibition, Victorian Artists Society, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1990 Caulfield Arts Centre, City of Caulfield, Victoria, Australia
  • 1992 Fantasy Drawings, Victorian Artists Society, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1993 The Sun and the Shadows of Life, Felix & David Tuszynski, Victorian Artists Society, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1994 Paintings and Drawings Exhibition, National Museum Mazovia, Poland
  • 1994 Szalom Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
  • 1995 Paintings and Drawings, Heidelberg Theatre, Rosanna, Victoria, Australia
  • 1995 Paintings and Drawings, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria, Australia
  • 1995 Paintings and Drawings, La Trobe Regional Gallery, Victoria, Australia, Touring Exhibition
  • 1996 Paintings and Drawings, Mildura Art Centre, Victoria, Australia, Touring Exhibition
  • 1996 Paintings and Drawings, Dubbo Regional Gallery, New South Wales, Australia, Touring Exhibition
  • 1996 Felix Tuszynski & Danuta Michaiska, Gallery of Slavic Art, Northcote, Victoria, Australia, Australia
  • 1996 INTERNET ‘Felix’s Room’, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1997 Paintings and Drawings, Tweed River Regional Gallery, New South Wales, Australia, Touring Exhibition
  • 1997 Paintings and Drawings, Grafton Regional Gallery, New South Wales, Australia, Touring Exhibition
  • 1997 The Great Synagogue Gallery, Sydney, Australia, Touring Exhibition
  • 1997 Bega Regional Gallery, New South Wales, Australia, Touring Exhibition
  • 1997 The Jewish Museum of Australia
  • 1998 Devonport Gallery and Art Centre, Devonport, Tasmania, Australia
  • 1999 Delshan Art Gallery, Armadale, Victoria, Australia
  • 2000 Drawings Exhibition, Musee De La Creation Franche Beige, France
  • 2001 Drawings Exhibition, Musee Hall Saint Pierre, Paris, France
  • 2001 Paintings and Drawings Exhibition, Gallery 101, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2002 Art of Felix Tuszynski, Drawing Exhibition, Glen Eira City Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2002 Drawings and Paintings Exhibition, Historical Museum of Cracow, Poland (June-July)
  • 2003 Paintings and Drawings Exhibition, Maruska Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2003 Paintings and Drawings Exhibition, Museum Terezin, Czech Republic
  • 2004 Paintings and Drawings Exhibition, Delsham Art Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2004 Paintings and Drawings Exhibition “Dancing Between Dream and Reality”, Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2005 Felix Tuszynski and Danuta Michalska Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings, Delsham Art Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2008 Paintings and Drawings Exhibition for Cancer Research, “Scattered Pearls”, Danuta Michalska and Felix Tuszynski, Victorian Artists Society Galleries, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2011 Paintings and Drawings Exhibition “Felix Tuszynski’s Gift”, Muzeum Mazowieckie w Plocku, Poland
  • 2013 Paintings Exhibition “Felix Tuszynski’s Holocaust”, Diocesan Museum, Plock, Poland
  • 2016 Drawings Exhibition “Sztuka z Teza” (Art with a Thesis), Museum of Mazovian Jews, Plock, Poland

Selected Group Exhibitions

Over 200 Group Exhibitions in Australia and overseas including France, Poland, Netherlands and United States of America.

  • 1960-1987 Malvern Arts Society, Melbourne, Australia (Annual)
  • 1970-2002 Victorian Artists Society, Melbourne, Australia (Annual)
  • 1985-1995 Contemporary Artists Society, Melbourne, Australia (Annual)
  • 1965 Atheneum Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1965 Tasmania Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1967 Royal Arcade, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1967 Toorak Art Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1970 Cheltham Art Group, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1970 Cosmopolitan Art Group, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1971-1972 Herald Outdoor Art Show, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1978 Five Plus Group, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1979 AMP Building Group Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1980 Five Plus Group, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1982 Five Plus Group, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1983 Caulfield Art Centre Art Awards, Caulfield, Victoria
  • 1983 Burke Hall Kew Art Exhibition, Kew, Victoria, Australia
  • 1984 Five Plus Group, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1984 Burke Hall Kew Art Exhibition, Kew, Victoria, Australia
  • 1984 The King David School, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1985 Burke Hall Kew Art Exhibition, Kew, Victoria, Australia
  • 1985 Camberwell Art Competition, Camberwell, Victoria, Australia
  • 1986 Burke Hall Kew Art Exhibition, Kew, Victoria, Australia
  • 1986 Camberwell Art Competition, Camberwell, Victoria, Australia
  • 1986 Bazalel Fellowship of Arts, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1987 Burke Hall Kew Art Exhibition, Kew, Victoria, Australia
  • 1987 Camberwell Art Competition, Camberwell, Victoria, Australia
  • 1987 Caulfield Art Centre Prize Awards, Caulfield, Victoria, Australia
  • 1987-1978 Uffizi Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1989 North Eastern Jewish Memorial Exhibition, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1989 Raja Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1989 Sky Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1990 WTU Credit Union, Caulfield Art Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1990 Alice in Wonderland 125, City Square, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1990 Eastgate Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1991 Old Courts House Gallery, Seymour, Victoria, Australia
  • 1991 A Special Exhibition Fellows, Signatory Members, Vas, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1992 Coolart Gallery, Victoria, Australia
  • 1992 World of Art Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1992 Andre lvanyi Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1993 Art et Memoire L’Afma, Paris, France
  • 1993 The 11th Biennial Spring Festival of Drawing, Australia
  • 1994 Caulfield Artists Award, Caulfield, Victoria
  • 1994 National Gallery, Plock, Poland
  • 1995 Spring Festival of Drawings, Mornington Peninsula Art Centre, Victoria, Australia
  • 1995 Delsham Art Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1996 Polish Art Foundation, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1996 Art and Rememberance, Jewish Museum of Australia, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1996 “Heart & Fire – Pol-Art” (till 1997), National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1997 City of Glen Eira Local Art Award, Glen Eira, Victoria, Australia
  • 1997 Embelished Eggs Exhibition, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Christies Auction, Victoria, Australia
  • 1997 “Art in Time”, Christies Auction, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1997 The 13 Biennial Spring Festival of Drawing, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria, Australia
  • 1997 Ivanyi Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1997 Greenaway Gallery (till 1998), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1997 Arnheim Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1998 Australian in New York, International Art Exhibition Festival of Polish Visual Art, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1999 “Roses and Red Earth”, Touring Exhibition (till 2002) – Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
  • 1999 Carnegie Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
  • 1999 Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • 1999 Queensland Museum, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • 1999 Stanthorpe Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
  • 1999 Parramatta Heritage Centre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1999 Griffith Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1999 Macquarie University, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1999 Coffs Harbour Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1999 Gold Treasury Museum, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 2000 Gallerie Hamer, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2001 “Fantastic Art”, Curated by Damian Michaels, Orange Regional Gallery, New South Wales, Australia
  • 2001 “Noir Sur Blanc” (till 2002), Halle Saint-Pierre, Paris, France.
  • 2002 Highlight Art Collection, Glen Eira City Gallery, Glen Eira, Victoria, Australia
  • 2003 Spotlight Art Collection, Glen Eira City Gallery, Glen Eira, Victoria, Australia
  • 2003 Jewish Museum of Australia Art Show, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 2003 Arnheim Artist’s Proof Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Permanent Collections

  • Holocaust War Museum, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Musee De La Creation Begles, France
  • Polish National Museum, Mazovia, Poland
  • Shalom Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
  • Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria, Australia
  • Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
  • Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
  • Art Museum, Lodz, Poland
  • Tweed River Regional Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
  • City of Glen Eira Permanent Art Collection, Caulfield, Victoria, Australia
  • Grafton Regional Gallery, New South Wales, Australia
  • Dubbo Regional Gallery, New South Wales, Australia
  • Devonport Gallery and Art Centre, Devonport, Tasmania, Australia
  • Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia
  • Gallery of Mikolaj Kopernik University, Torun, Poland
  • Private Collections in Australia, USA, Argentina, Poland, France, Israel and Germany

Internet Collections

  • 1996-2002 Felix’s Room, Virtual Gallery, The University of Melbourne
  • 1998-2002 Prominent Polish Australians: Felix Tuszynski, Polonica
    www.polonica.org.au/felix/
  • 1999-2000 Felix Tuszynski
    www.ug.net.au/~zzplistk/zaprog/sztuka/index.htm
  • 2002-2008 Felix Tuszynski, Pineberry Gallery
    gallery.pineberry.com.au
  • 2002-2008 Felix Tuszynski, Aristoberry Gallery
    www.aristoberry.com

Awards and Honours

  • 1967 Artist Award, Chadstone Festival of Art, Australia
  • 1990 Artist Award, Contemporary Artists Society, Australia
  • 1994 Artist Award, Victorian Artists Society, Australia
  • 1994 Medal, City of Plock, Poland
  • 1994 Medal, For contribution to the Arts, City of Plock, Poland
  • 1994 Honorary Diploma, For contribution to the Arts, City of Plock, Poland
  • 1995 Artist Award, Contemporary Artists Society, Australia
  • 1996 Honorary Award, For contribution to the Arts, Signatory Member, Victorian Artists Society, Australia
  • 1996 Honorary Advisor, International Division of American Biographical Institute
  • 2014 Tablica Pamięci Braci Tuszyńskich (Tuszynski Brothers Commemorative Plaque), ul. Jerozolimskiej 6, Płock, Poland

Publications about Felix

  • International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England
  • Men of Achievement, Seventeenth Edition, England
  • The International Dictionary of Distinguished Leadership, Sixth Edition, Cambridge, England
  • Who’s Who, Encyclopedia Polonia, Poland
  • The International Who’s Who, Eighth Edition, Cambridge, England
  • The International Who’s Who of Contemporary Achievement, The American Biographical Institute
  • Asia/Pacific Who’s Who, Volume I
  • The Australian and New Zealand Artists and Galleries
  • Musee De La Creation Franche Begues, France
  • A Pallette of Artists, Ken Bedman
  • Polish Art and Antiques, Tadeusz Zaremba, Poland
  • Part II, Poland, ‘Felix Tuszynski Artist Similar’ Zbigniew Chlewinski, Edmund Monsiel
  • Felix Tuszynski’s Exhibition Catalogue, Dr. Agnieszka Morawinska, Plock, Poland
  • And still their faces I see, Piotr Listkiewicz, Internet
  • The Virtual World of Felix Tuszynski, Jacob Cybulski., Internet
  • A Window into the Soul, Piotr Listkiewicz, Interview 1984
  • 1987 Catalogue, Dorothy Baker
  • 1987 Catalogue, Devi Tuszynski, France
  • 1990 Max Germaine Encyclopedia
  • 1990 Alice in Wonderland, exhibition catalogue
  • 1991 Art Plock, K. Askanas, Poland
  • 1992 A Buyers Guide To Australian Art, Graham Ryles
  • 1992 Exhibition of Drawings by Felix Tuszynski, Catalogue, Alan Sumner M.B.E.
  • 1992 Catalogue, Dr. Alexandra Rodda Ph.D.
  • 1992 Catalogue, Anna King Murdoch
  • 1993 Felix Tuszynski obliges us to share a strange reality, Catalogue, Henry Pessar, France
  • 1993 Catalogue, Devi Tuszynski, France
  • 1994 Crying in my Dreams, Exhibition Catalogue, Plock, Poland
  • 1994 Exhibition Catalogue, Director Museum, Tadeusz Zaremba M.A., Plock, Poland
  • 1994 The Art of Felix Tuszynski, Catalogue A.V. Harding
  • 1994 Triumphal return to horror-scare, Sonia Harford, The Age, December
  • 1995 Melbourne Chronicle
  • 1995 Art Exhibition Catalogue, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
  • 1995 CAS Newsletter, Jean Goldberg
  • 1996 Felix Tuszynski and Post Modernity, Catalogue, Cohn Shingleton
  • 1996 Reflection on Paintings and Drawings of Felix Tuszynski, Catalogue, Ian Dolan Hamilton,
  • 1996 Catalogue, Jean Goldberg
  • 1997 Art Streem Magazine, January
  • 1997 Art in Time, Christies Auction Catalogue
  • 1997 Embelished Eggs, Christies Auction Catalogue
  • 1997 Raw Vision, No.21, December
  • 1997 Catalogue, Dr. Helen Light
  • 1998 Antiques and Art in Victoria, Dr. Alexandra Rodda
  • 1998 Drawing Ink Journal of Visionary Art, Damian Michaels
  • 1998 An interview with Felix Tuszynski, Dr. Magdalena Tyszkiewicz, Art Magazine, Poland
  • 1998 A window into the soul, Piotr Listkiewicz, Art Visionary, Issue One, 1998/99, p. 10-1 3.
  • 1999 Antiques and Art in Victoria, Delshan Art Gallery
  • 1999 Poems about Felix’s Drawings and Paintings, Dr. Magdalena Tyszkiewicz, Art Magazine, Poland
  • 1999 Gosciniec Magazyn Artystyczno-Literacki no. 2/4 Issue 3, Plock, Poland
  • 2000 Who’s Who Polonia (Poles Abroad), A Biographical Dictionary
  • 2000 Roses and Red Earth – Polish Folk in Australia, exhibition catalogue
  • 2000 An interview with Felix Tuszynski, M. Hughes, Bast Music Magazine, Issue 12, San Francisco, USA.
  • 2000 Felix Tuszynski: An Antipodean Surrealist, Ronald Greenaway,
  • 2000 The Art of Felix Tuszynski, Book, by Tadeusz Zaremba, The Masovian Museum in Płock, Poland
  • 2001 Musee Hall St. Pierre, Paris
  • 2001 International Contemporary Art Exhibition Catalogue
  • 2001 Fantastic Art, Exhibition Catalogue, Orange Regional Gallery, New South Wales
  • 2001 The Art of Felix Tuszynski, book review by David Langsman
  • 2001 Margo Stanislawska-Birnberg, Polish Weekly, Melbourne
  • 2001 Folk Art, Book, Dr Maria Wronska, Melbourne
  • 2001 Australian Jewish News, November 14 and 15
  • 2001 Noir Sur Blanc, Mondes lnterieures. Exhibition Catalogue Paris, France.
  • 2001 The 101 Quarterly, 101 Collins Street Magazine Summer Edition
  • 2001 The Age, December
  • 2001 The Art of Felix Tuszynski, review by Lesley Harding
  • 2001 They Lived Among Us, Book, Poland
  • 2002 The Art of Felix Tuszynski, Art Visionary, book review by Damien Michaels
  • 2002 Art Exercises, Holocaust Horrors, Leader
  • 2002 Catalogue, Historic Museum Krakow, Poland
  • 2002 Book of Art from Biblioteka Uniwersytecka, Torun, Poland
  • 2002 Highlights Art Collection, City of Glen Eira
  • 2002 Spotlight Art Collection, Glen Eira Council Art Collection
  • 2002 Texture of Memory: The Testament of Felix Tuszynski by Angela Lynkushka, RMIT
  • 2003 The Life and Art of Felix Tuszynski by Katarzyna Agnieszka Leczycka, M.A. Catholic University of Lublin, Dept. of Art
  • 2003 Catalogue of Exhibition, Gallery of Mikolaj Kopernik University in Torun, Poland
  • 2003 Catalogue of Exhibition “Return of the White Bull”, Geelong Gallery
  • 2004 Catalogue of Exhibition and Auction “Precious Platters”, Sothebys Gallery in Melbourne, Australia
  • 2005 Colours of Black by Felix Tuszynski, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2005 Colours of Black, book review by David Langsam, Jewish News
  • 2010 Płock na emigracji by Mirosław Łakomski, Płock, Poland
  • 2012 Tuszyńscy – Sztuka, która przetrwała wojnę by Arkadiusz Kujawa and Maciej Zaręba, Poland
  • 2012 Żydzi płoccy w dziejach miasta, “Tuszynski Felix” (p 165-166) by Jan Przedpełski and Jerzy Stefański, Płock, Poland
  • 2013 Felix Tuszynski’s Holocaust, Exhibition Catalogue, Diocesan Museum, Płock, Poland
  • 2016 Sztuka z Teza, Rysunek Feliksa Tuszynskiego (Art with a Thesis, Felix Tuszynski’s Drawings), Museum of Mazovian Jews, Płock, Poland

Television and Documentary

  • 1994 Oto Polska, Documentary Television Film, Exhibition in Warsaw
  • 2000 The Metamorphosis of Felix Tuszynski, Documentary Film
  • 2002 The Art of Felix Tuszynski, Documentary Film, A Zev Production

(Information provided by the Artist)

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