Among the most innovative of Messum’s artists, Roboz’s work ranges from sensual drawings to oils which hint at the surreal absurdity of life’s experiences. She came to England from Budapest in 1947 and studied at the Royal Academy Schools under Peter Greenham and then in Florence with the renowned portraitist Pietro Annigoni.
Her work is held in the collections of the Tate Gallery, the Theatre Museum, the Royal Festival Hall and the National Portrait Gallery. Starting in 1994 Zsuzsi Roboz had numerous successful solo exhibitions at Messum’s Cork Street.
1956 Commissions from Sir Alexander Korda of Claire Bloom and Mary Ure, the beginning of a series of portraits of his contract artists.
1958 Solo exhibition at the Walker Galleries, London.
1960 Solo exhibition at the André Weil Gallery, Paris.
1963 Solo exhibition at the Upper Grosvenor Gallery, London.
1963 Commissioned to paint Barnwell Manor, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, as a gift to the late Prince William of Gloucester, establishing a long-standing association with the family.
1964 Invited by Sheila Van Damm, owner of the Windmill Theatre, to work backstage to capture its “last days”.
1965 Exhibition of the Windmill drawings at the Upper Grosvenor Gallery, London.
1967 Solo exhibition at the O’Hana Gallery, London.
1968 Solo exhibition at the André Weil Gallery, Paris.
1970 Solo exhibition at the O’Hana Gallery, London, in conjunction with the publication of her first book, Women and Men’s Daughters.
1973 Solo exhibition at the O’Hana Gallery, London.
1975 Publication of “Chichester 10, Portrait of a Decade”.
1976 Solo exhibition at the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Began sketching backstage at the ballet.
1977 Solo exhibition of lithographs at the Curwen Gallery, London.
1978 “Revuedeville” exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, of the Windmill sketches and lithographs, now in the Museum’s permanent collection.
1979 Commissioned by the Theatre Museum of the Victoria & Albert Museum to do a theatre card of ballet movements.
Solo exhibition of large drawings of the ballet at the Hamilton Gallery, London.
1980 Solo exhibition of paintings at l’Horizon Gallery, Brussels. Publication of “British Ballet Today”.
“Moments of Life” exhibition at the Patrick Seale Gallery, London.
1981 Solo exhibition at the Piccadilly Festival of Arts, London.
Commissioned by H.R.H. Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, to draw her portrait on the occasion of her 80th birthday.
1982 Portrait of Dame Ninette de Valois enters the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Portraits of Sir Frederick Ashton and Lord Olivier enter the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert’s Theatre Museum, London.
1983 “Drawn to Ballet” solo exhibition at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
1984 Invited by Hungary’s Minister of Culture to be a guest of honour at the Spring Festival in Budapest.
Three life-size drawings of the ballet purchased for the permanent collection at the Royal Festival Hall.
Solo exhibition at Quinton Green Fine Art, Cork Street, London.
Exhibited at the Bath Festival of Contemporary Art.
1985 Solo exhibition during the Spring Festival at the Hungarian State Opera’s Erkel Theatre, Budapest.
Painting of Antal Doràti is presented by the Royal Philarmonic Orchestra for permanent display at the Royal Festival Hall.
1987 Exhibition at the Dyansen Gallery, Los Angeles.
“Music Makers” solo exhibition at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
1988 Solo exhibition during the Spring Festival at the Vigado Gallery, Budapest.
1989 Solo exhibition at the Lincoln Center, New York.
1991 Exhibited at ICAF, London.
1992 Portrait of Lucian Freud exhibited at the Royal Academy, London.
1993 Solo exhibition at Art 93 at the Business Design Centre in conjunction with the publication of her book, “British Art Now”, text by Edward Lucie-Smith and published by Art Books International.
1993 Solo exhibition at The Mall Galleries.
1994 Solo exhibition at The Roy Miles Gallery.
1995 Spirit of Nature Exhibition – solo exhibition at The David Messum Gallery, Cork Street, London W1.
1997 Solo exhibition at The David Messum Gallery, Cork Street, London W1.
1999 20th Century Illusions – solo exhibition at The David Messum Gallery, Cork Street, London W1.
2000 Solo exhibition at Messum’s, Cork Street, London W1.
2002 Solo exhibition at Messum’s, Cork Street, London W1.
2005 Solo exhibition at Messum’s, Cork Street, London W1.
2008 Solo exhibition at Messum’s, Cork Street, London W1.
2011 Solo exhibition at Messum's, Cork Street, London W1.
2005 ‘Zsuzsi Roboz – A Painter’s Paradox’ by John Russell Taylor, published by Studio Publications
2011 'Face to Face' by John Russell Taylor, published by Studio Publications
The Tate Gallery, London
The National Portrait Gallery, London
Theatre Museum, Victoria & Albert, London
The Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
Graves Arts Gallery, Sheffield
The Bradford Museum and City Art Galleries, Bradford
St Andrew’s Convent, London
Barnwell Church, Northamptonshire
New Scotland Yard, London
Durham University, Durham
St John’s College, Cambridge
Royal Festival Hall, London
Pablo Casals Museum, Jamaica
19th July 2012
11th July 2012
Art of England
1st January 2012
Face to Face at Foyles
23rd November 2011
Zsuzsi Roboz talks to Gerald Isaaman about her series of intimate paintings of noted writers and playwrights
Camden New Journal
10th November 2011
Face to Face at Messum's
This Is London Magazine
4th November 2011
Face to face with writers – in pictures
25th October 2011
Zsuzsi Roboz 'face to face' at Messum's
Times Literary Supplement
9th September 2011
6th September 2011
Times Literary Supplement
1st September 2008
'People and Places'
1st October 2005
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