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Charles ROKA

1912–1999, Hungary/Norway

Name Charles ROKA
Birth 1912, Hungary
Died 1999, Norway

Charles Roka (Róka Károly, 1912-1999) was a Hungarian painter living in Norway whose name became synonymous with an excess of artistic kitsch.

Roka was born in Hungary in 1912. After he finished his studies on the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest he went to a European journey. In 1937 he finally settled in Norway, and lived in Bærum, outside Oslo until his death.

Roka attended one year at the Academy in Oslo. In 1939 he painted his first picture of the half-naked Gipsy Girl whom he had seen in Marseille a few years earlier. It is Roka\'s numerous variations of this Gipsy Girl which made his financial success as a painter, but misfortune as an artist.

Roka was despised by the art world, he was nevertheless loved by the people. He became famous for his numerous variations of the Gipsy Girl, exotic looking Gypsies in a pin-up style and sentimental portraits of children with their pet dogs. His other favourite subjects were Hungarian folklore, especially Gipsy people dancing csárdás.

Roka had several exhibitions in Madrid, Barcelona, and Lausanne and he was very popular among the average Scandinavian people. In 1982 illness stopped him working. In 2003 Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum held a summer exhibition under the title Prince of Kitsch displaying about 80 of his works. It was the first time that a venerable art gallery let Roka\'s works within its walls.

Source: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Charles Roka, ungarsk-norsk maler, kjent for sine malerier av sigøynerkvinner som nærmest har fått ikonisk kitsch-status. Han var utdannet ved kunstakademiet i Budapest, flyttet til Norge i 1937 hvor han bodde i Bærum resten av livet. Roka gikk på kunstakademiet i Oslo ett år, og malte i 1939 sitt første sigøynerkvinne-bilde. Både motivene hans og malemåten ble foraktet av samtidens kunstetablissement, men bildene ble meget populære blant et bredt publikum, og reproduksjoner har blitt solgt i store antall. I 2003 ble det holdt en stor utstilling av bildene hans i Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum i Tønsberg. Utstillingen viste Charles Roka som en mye dyktigere maler enn de fleste var klar over.

Source: Art Signature Dictionary

Sittande Modell. Enligt Uppgift Konstnärens Hustru by Charles ROKA

Sittande Modell. Enligt Uppgift Konstnärens Hustru

Price SEK 16,501 (€1,743)
Estimated SEK 6,000
Modell by Charles ROKA


Price SEK 15,501 (€1,680)
Estimated SEK 6,000
Sydländsk Skönhet by Charles ROKA

Sydländsk Skönhet

Price SEK 5,475 (€586)
Estimated SEK 5,000
Kvinnoporträtt by Charles ROKA


Price SEK 5,400 (€607)
Estimated SEK 4,000
Lättklädd Kvinna by Charles ROKA

Lättklädd Kvinna

Price SEK 7,300 (€821)
Estimated SEK 4,000
Kvinna I Röd Kjol by Charles ROKA

Kvinna I Röd Kjol

Price SEK 3,902 (€439)
Estimated SEK 4,000
Flicka Och Pojke I Grönska by Charles ROKA

Flicka Och Pojke I Grönska

Price SEK 4,000 (€476)
Estimated SEK 5,000
Lekande Barn by Charles ROKA

Lekande Barn

Price SEK 3,000 (€332)
Estimated SEK 4,000
Lekande Barn by Charles ROKA

Lekande Barn

Price SEK 4,700 (€525)
Estimated SEK 5,000
Läsande Barn by Charles ROKA

Läsande Barn

Price SEK 5,100 (€571)
Estimated SEK 6,000
Dansande Sällskap by Charles ROKA

Dansande Sällskap (1942)

Price SEK 21,000 (€2,155)
Estimated SEK 8,000

Lekande Barn

Price SEK 3,600 (€345)
Estimated SEK 5,000

Lekande Barn

Price SEK 4,500 (€434)
Estimated SEK 3,500
Kvinna by Charles ROKA


Price SEK 3,000 (€289)
Estimated SEK 3,000
Lekande Barn by Charles ROKA

Lekande Barn

Price SEK 4,300 (€427)
Estimated SEK 4,000