Biography

An Zilard was born in Budapest Hungary - her family fled Hungary in 1956 when she was still a young child. Her family spent four years in refugee camps as displaced people until finally Australia accepted them.

An has rare qualifications for producing creative photographs. An was selected from thousands of artists and photographers around the globe to capture on camera the faces of the world's political leaders during the historic 'handover' of Hong Kong. The Pacific Rim Forum acknowledged as the regions most important non- aligned platform for the commercial political and opinion leaders of the Asia/Pacific region -chose Zilard because of her skills and talents in seizing an emotional moment and translating into a work of art.

An was educated in Vienna, Sydney and Adelaide and attended Adelaide University. Her career path changed in 1982 when required to complete one unit of any art subject, An chose photography. During the course a colleague accidentally spilt purple paint on Zilard's photographic print of a young girl. As Zilard pushed the paint around the image with her finger, An observed a complete transformation. She varied the paint thicknesses across the photograph, creating a three dimensional effect, a distinguishing feature of a technique she later patented.

Within two years, age forty Zilard had resigned from her position to concentrate on photography. In 1986 awarded Australian Federal Government Grant to study art and photography in Europe, Britain and USA. An is the first person to receive such an award while still a student at University studying creative photography. She travelled extensively for 3 years. This was a great success led to An being appointed by corporate clients to create art which could be used for promotions, advertising or for personal use - and also to enhance office and home walls.

Her style is unique combining art, photography and paint in a technique she pioneered and which she has copy written worldwide. Zilard's art has been described as a cross between Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso winning her international critical acclaim.

Corporate commissions include: John Newcombe, Australian Davis Cup Captain, 	Bob Mansfield Chief Executive of Fairfax Holdings, Lee Casey Chairman of AAP Information Services Pty Ltd, Peter Ritchie, Board on Olympic Stadium for Olympics 2000 and on the Board on Wespack Banking Corporation.

Charlie Bell Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of McDonald's Asia Pacific. Ric Birch Director of Ceremonies for Olympics 2000 Sydney, Australia.

An won the highly competitive New York International Photographic Horizons Competition against 350,000 entries from around the world. Zilard has won a gold and seven silver awards from the National Australian Institute of Professional Photographers and the National Australian Prize for Photography.

Sixteen of her works are held in the world's greatest collection of photography the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris."The 50 Top Photographers in the World" an exhibition organised by the World Council of Professional Photographers includes her works in a world touring exhibition. Her work has been on display in The Art Gallery of New South Wales Australia, Fine Art Museum Houston Texas USA, Gallery 54 Soho New York, Museum Ludwig Cologne Germany.

An's works are in great demand by corporate clients which include Westfield Holdings Pty Ltd, McDonald's Australia Limited, AAP Information Services, Malaysia Airlines, Tourism Malaysia, MMI World Insurance, Pacific Rim Forum, McDonald's and Telstra.

Zilard has returned from Hong Kong where she photographed some of the world's political and business leaders. The Forum was consciously aligned with the historic timing of the return of the Hong Kong to Chinese Sovereignty a significant period in world history. The theme of the Forum was 'Preparing for the 21st Century at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre specially built for this auspicious occasion and attracted around 1700 delegates.

Speakers included: Lee Kuan Yew - Senior Minister and Former Prime Minister Singapore, Toshiki Kaifu - Former Minister Japan, Robert J. L. Hawke - Former Prime Minister of Australia, Chee-hwa - Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Gareth Evans - Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Australia, Douglas Hurd - Former Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs UK, John Burrows - Area Managing partner - Asia/Pacific Arthur Anderson & Hong Kong, Francis Yeoh - Managing Director YTL Corporation Berhad Malaysia, Nordie Sopiee - Chairman and CEO Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia, Stuart Hornery - Chairman lend Lease Corporation Limited Australia, Norman Pearlstine -Editor in Chief Time Warner USA Michael York - leading actor USA, Amnual Virava - Deputy Prime Minister Thailand

The excellent art photo/montage was ready in September 1997 and delivered to Pacific Rim Forum. Subsequently each speaker received a personal signed framed photograph -dimensions 80cm x 100cm, organised by Pacific Rim Forum in Asia.

"...Zilard shows a commitment ... and in many instances an enviable command of her vision, and her brush strokes. The subjects range from still life, to everyday scenes, each one a canvas for the artist in the form of meaning and images on a deeper level..."

Business Review Australia.

Olympia Leisure, a leading investment group based in Kuala Lumpur, has comissioned an exhibition by Zilard.

Zilard's photographs vibrate with spontaneity. She uses unique and figurative abstract shapes in which intellect and pure emotion are communicated with brilliant colours.

She has contributed an enormous service to charity, working alongside other great artists

 

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