István Sándorfi (Also known as Étienne Sandorfi) born in Budapest Hungary in 1948, was a hyperrealist painter. Known for his hyperrealistic abstract oil paintings. His father was a director of the American company, IBM, in Hungary. Sándorfi started to draw when he was 8. And moved to oil paints when he was 12 years old. As he grow older, István studied Fine Arts in paris. Sándorfi later got married and became a father of two girls.
His first exhibition was in a small gallery in Paris, then the first great exhibition was held in 1973 at the "Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris". After that his painting were found in several museums abroad, like in Copenhagen, Rome, Munich, Bruxelles, Basel, New York, Los Angeles and in San Francisco.
On his painting he used strange objects, or very strange movements and situations. The color of his 1970-1980s era was the blue, the lilac and their cold combinations. In the 1980s he made more female forms and still life. Since 1988 he painted mainly women.
Although István is considered as a hyperrealism artist, his art mixes the mood of surrealism. The attention to details of hyperrealism and the beautiful brush strokes of abstract art.
Numerous works by the artist have been sold at auction, including "Le Pardon Version Posthume" sold at 'Artcurial Briest Contemporary Art' in 2007 for $23,618.