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external image C:%5CDOCUME%7E1%5CDeti%5CLOCALS%7E1%5CTemp%5Cmsohtml1%5C01%5Cclip_image001.gifZobraziť romanizáciu * 12 December 1902, Karlovy Vary
† 12 January 2003, Tucson, Arizona, United States

He was one of the most important representatives of Slovak art. He is the founder of
Slovak and Mexican graphics, illustrations.

After a formidable childhood, when he left the mother, his uncle took him to himself. Met Dr. Mathém. He began studying at a private school of Eugen Kron in Košice. He met with fine art for the first time here. He later studied at the private school of Mallý Gustav in Bratislava. Also he studied Fine Arts in Prague. He got an offer from the Mexican Minister of Culture and Education, and went on to teach fine arts to the Academy of Fine Arts in Mexico, where he founded graphics department. He has reached great success in Mexico, but because of the health of his wife Lydia, they moved to New York in 1941. He had exhibitions in Mexico and the United States. After the war he returned to Slovakia, but in 1948 he left permanently. He is a member of the Association of Mexican designers. He spent the last decade in Arizona. At the end of his life he donated 48 of his paintings to his native Slovakia, which later became the basis for the Koloman Sokol Centre in Liptovský Mikuláš. Despite the marginal success he was always a modest man, seeking his truth.

His works are characterized by strong emotional overtones. In Czechoslovakia, their works respond to unemployment, emigration and social problems. Favor the Mexicans, the very environment affected his work. In Slovak, but was still connected to life. Often encourages his works to become a dog, horse, mythology, bullfights and interpersonal relationships. His dog Sambo died in 1976. He signed his paintings under pseudonym Sambo. His work after that period is depresive and sad.

• 1947 winner of the Slovak National prices
• 1991 Tomas Garrique Masaryk award

• 1995 Miloš Alexander Bazovský price for visual arts
• 1997 Order of the White Double Cross awarded by President Michal Kováč

• 2001 Culture Award for 2001- awarded by Milan Kňažko - Minister of culture Centrum_Kolomana_Sokola.jpg
In our town we have a center, which is named after the Koloman Sokol. Put there most of his paintings.