The Tibor Bartfay Prize is awarded by the ART.EAST Foundation for art and artistic creation, for the promotion of fine arts and international art festivals in Snina, for the promotion of the Andrej Smolak Gallery projects. The prize is awarded regularly since 2008.
The author of the statue, allegory of the Cirocha River, which flows through the native village of Andrej Smolák, is Tibor Bartfay himself.
Awarding of prizes is decided by the Management Board of the ART. EAST Foundation always on a proposal of the Tibor Bartfay Prize Committee. The award of the prize may also be proposed by a third party.
The Nominating Committee is approved every year by the Management Board of the Foundation on the proposal of its members.
NOMINANATION COMMITTEE CONSISTED OF:
sculptor Tibor Bartfay, Honorary Chairman
JUDr. Dušan Roll, Chairman of the Festival Committee
JUDr. Iveta Bžánová, Chair of the Board of the Foundation
painter Peter Stronsky, President of the International Academy of Culture and Art in Moscow
painter Marian Jarzemski, professor of Jan Dlugosz Academy in Częstochowa, Poland
Mgr. Dušan Mikolaj, journalist and writer
painter Jarmila Veľká, fine artist
PhDr. Emil Semanco, artist and columnist, Bratislava, Slovakia
Elena Arnaudová, Director of the Bulgarian cultural Institute in Bratislava, Slovakia
sculptor Marek Žitňan
Mgr. Július Klein, Director of the State Philharmonic Orchestra Košice, Slovakia
painter Marián Prešnajder, fine artis, Bratislava, Slovakia
painter Andrej Smolák, Manager of the ART. EAST Foundation
TIBOR BARTFAY SLOVAKIA
(1922, Nitra – 2015, Bratislava), sculptor, honorary citizen of the city of Snina.
He studied on the Fine Arts Academy in Budapest (1940-43) and on the Academy of fine arts in Prague (1945-49).
He belonged among the world's most recognized representatives of contemporary art. His was dealing with chamber plastics and creation of monuments.
His best-known works include sculpture on Slavín, Ľudovít Štúr statuary, Hiroshima, Pegas, Golden Fleece, Marina, The Last Witch, H. CH. Andersen, A. Matuška and J. Smrek torsos and other works. He was also known as the creator of cycles of imaginary-realistic collages.
In 2006 he published an autobiographical book, A Thousand and one woman of the sculptor Tibor Bartfay.
His artwork was also presented in the Andrej Smolak Gallery in Snina. He was the Honorary Chairman of the International Festival of Fine Art in the Andrej Smolak Gallery in Snina.
In a long term, he worked in Bratislava, where he died in 2015.