Metal artist


Graduated from the Hungarian College of Applied Arts.


When Metal Artist Tibor Serbakow (Tibor M. Varga before 1994), who studied at the Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design under the guidance of Prof. József Engels and Prof. Vladimir Péter between 1985 and 1989, returned to his hometown, Pécs, he was employed between 1991 and 2001 as an art teacher at the Department of Sculpture, Faculty of Music and Visual Arts at Janus Pannonius University (since 2000 University of Pécs), where he continued his master studies of sculpture under the guidance of Prof. Sándor Rétfalvi. His works commissioned, among others, by Roman Catholic Churches and in different parts of the country reveal his respect for traditional techniques as well as the meticulous elaboration of the details. Serbakow’s jewels, on the one hand, represent an unconventional arhaicising approach to jewels as cultic objects and, on the other hand, idiosyncratic everday accessories expressing their owner’s character.

 (Hungarian Applied Arts Magazin, 2010/2)


„A metal artist can comply with many sorts of social demands. He can prepare articles for personal use satisfying the needs of the masses, and moreover, can design, for instance, unique jewellery, candelabra, decorative vessels, jugs and figural reliefs, by carrying out orders of buyers’ wealthy groups having the highest artistic standards. Serbakow in the XXIth century completes cultic works by strictly observing the canonical rules according to millenial traditions, rigorously observing the rules of iconography, taking into consideration both written and unwritten rules of Christian art: episcopal crosses, processional crosses, tabernacles, baptismal fonts, church candlesticks, furthermore, medallions and reliefs. His work is complex. It is an area where constraints and artistic freedom are present at the same time. In the course of his work, a gold & silversmith artist uses precious materials, precious stones, semi-precious stones, gold, silver and precious wood in respect of its origin and derivation. He is a sculptor and craftsman rolled into one. In addition to their treasure value and sacred role, cultic objects act as articles for personal use and, in the hope of the infinity of times, they become benefits for the general public, in its service.”

(Kortárs Művészet Pécs, 2005, Alexandra Publishing, Dr. Ferenc Romváry)


Artist Tibor Serbakow is a Member of the Association of Hungarian Creative Artists and of the Association of Hungarian Fine and Applied Artists, where he has been the president of the Goldsmith Department since the 1st of December in 2022.




1988 Pécs (Hungary), Ságvári Endre Community Center
1990 Pécs, House of Arts, Chamber Exhibition
1993 Pécs, Small Gallery of Pécs
1994 Budapest, Ferencváros Cellar Gallery
1995 Budapest, FISE Gallery
1996 Wels, Austria
2001 Pécs (Hungary), Small Gallery of Pécs
2004 Balatonszemes (Hungary), Latinovits Zoltán Community Center
Pécs, Art Gallery, Ferenczy Hall
2005 Balatonboglár (Hungary), Blue Chapel

2013 Pécs, House of Arts and Literature

2013 Chapel of Pécsvárad Castle (Hungary)


I have actively participated in several national and foreign exhibitions, e.g. with FISE, Austria, Germany, Italy, Estonia, metalsmith biennials, Art Exhibitions of Baranya County and Pécs (Hungary), thematic exhibitions.

1988 – Komló, Cultural Center, with Ferenc Kósa

1990 – Bačka Topola (Serbia)

1991 – 1994 FISE Ferencváros Cellar Gallery

1994 – FISE, Hungarian Institute in Prague (Czech Republic)

1995 – Hungarian Days in Hamburg (Germany)

1996 – Holocaust Exhibition, Pécs (Hungary), Small Gallery

–  Mittelmoda Italy, Gorizia (Italy) – with Szücsi Krisztina

1997 – FISE Gallery, Budapest, Exhibition entitled “Féműzők”

1998 – Pécs Gallery – They started from the Art School of Pécs

2000 – Pécs Gallery, Baranya Exhibition

2001 – Düsseldorf – Erkrath, FISE (Germany)

  • PBMT Synagogue, Zalaegerszeg (Hungary)

2003  – PBMT Újlipótváros, Budapest (Hungary)

2004 – PBMT Dome Museum, Pécs (Hungary)

2006 – FISE, exhibition entitled „Red, white, green nights”, Tallinn, Latvia

2009 – VII. Goldsmith Biennale, Budapest, Klebelsberg Kultúrkúria

2010 – Goldsmith Exhibition Kiállítás, Szolnok (Hungary)

2011 – VIII. Goldsmith Biennale, Budapest, Klebelsberg Kultúrkúria

2013 – IX. Goldsmith Biennale, Budapest, Klebelsberg Kultúrkúria

2015 – X. Goldsmith Biennale, Budapest, Klebelsberg Kultúrkúria

2015 – Harmony exhibition, MAOE, Szentendre (Hungary)

2017 – XI. Goldsmith Biennale, Budapest, Klebelsberg Kultúrkúria

2017 – Palace of Art, Budapest, National Salon for Applied Artists and Design Artists. Work of art exhibited: Easter Consecrating Well of Pécs Basilica

2017 – MAOE Exhibition entitled Chaos and Order , Szeged (Hungary), Reök Palace

2019 – XII. Goldsmith Biennale, Budapest, Klebelsberg Kultúrkúria

2019 – Pécs, M21 Gallery, Exhibition entitled “Állapotfelmérés” , artists of Pécs-Baranya.

2021 – XIII. Goldsmith Biennale, Budapest, Klebelsberg Kultúrkúria

2022 – Palace of Art, Budapest, II. National Salon for Applied Artists and Design Artists 2022, Common Space exhibition.



1989 Máriabesnyő (Hungary), Devotional Church, Processional Cross (gilded brass wood, with precious and semi-precious stones)
1992 Pécs (Hungary), Church of Patacs, Tabernacle House, “The Outpouring”, (gilded red copper embossing with genuine pearls), gilded bronze plastic art work on the upper part of the Tabernacle
1992-2004 Pécs, Rácváros Church 64 Branch Chandelier,
(steel, brass, partially gilded)
1993 Pécs, Rácváros Church, Baptismal Font Cover,
– Saint John the Baptist sculpture and relief (bronze, copper)
1994 Vác (Hungary), Decorative Fountain, Water-Spout (bronze)
1996 Pécs (Hungary), Pro Libertate Medallion (bronze) (for Diplomatic Corps)
1999 Pécs (Hungary), Processional Cross for the 1000th anniversary of the Basilica (silver, partially goldplated,
with precious and semi-precious stones,  genuine pearls, partially enamelled)
2000 Kaposvár (Hungary), Bishopric of Kaposvár, Oil Vessels (copper, silvered red copper);
– Bishop’s Ring;
– Chalice with Two Covers (silvered red coper, gold, gilded silver)
2001 Pécs (Hungary), Missal Cover, Basilica of Pécs (silver, partially enamelled and gilded)
2003 Balassagyarmat (Hungary), Don Bosco Religious House, Mother Mary with her Child Jesus, painted wooden sculpture
2003 Pécs, Church of Ürög, Easter-candlestick (brass, copper, partially gilded)
2006 Pécs, Pius Church, Inner Decorative Gate Railing (steel, bronze, brass, partially gilded)
2007 Vásárosdombó, R.K. Church, Stations of the Cross Paintings (oil painting, wood)
2007 Pécs, Pius Church, Corpus Screen (steel, bronze, copper, brass, partially gilded)
2008 Pécs, Pius Church, 8 Branch Chandeliers of Aisles (brass)

2011 Magyarszék (Hungary), Chapel of Discalced Carmelites, 2 Ambons (copper, partially gilded)

2012  Pécs Pius Church, 7 Branch Chandeliers (brass)

2014 Pécs, World War II Memorial (relief, bronze, Hungarian Süttő limestone)

2014 Pécs Pius Church, 3 Main Ceiling Chandeliers (brass, copper)

2014 Pécs Basilica, Mobile Decorative Collection Box (steel, brass, copper, bronze), 65x65x104 cm

2015 Pécs Basilica, Easter Consecrating Well (copper, brass, bronze, steel), chiselled, embossed, folded. Adornments: figural and ornamental decorations.

2015-2016 Pécs Donátus Chapel, ceiling decoration. 16 pieces of coffer ornaments, (brass, copper), brass embossing, chiselled, chasing, folds, mechanical work, millings

2016 400-Bed Clinical Center of the University of Pécs, Chapel, Tabernacle door, brass, bronze, metal embossing, chiselled

2017 Pécs Rácváros Church Relief (on the new western wing of the church), “The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit” (copper), chiselled, embossed, folded, unique technique, 454x120x258cm

2017 Holy Blood Church, Báta, planning the exterior and interior Reliquary for the National Shrine

2017 Holy Blood Church, Báta, planning the Liturgical Space for the National Shrine

2018 Dr. Kertész Imre-prize, for the Hungarian Institute for Forensic Sciences (bronze), 355x120x75mm

2019 Holy Blood Church, Báta, implementation of the exterior and interior Reliquary for the National Shrine (copper, bronze, metal, glass), partly gilded, embossed, chiselled, 470x200x200 mm

2019 Saint Barbara’s Church, Komló, Tabernacle decoration (brass, copper, bronze, partially gilded), 840x620x25mm

2020 St. Michael’s  Basilica of Veszprém, Holy Oil Vessel set (OLEUM CATHECUMENORUM, OLEUM INFIRMORUM, OLEUM CHRISMA): 3 Holy Oil Vessels (with the capacity of about 3 litres), sizes: 500x300x220mm, 3 Holy Oil Pourers (with the capacity of about 6 deciliters), and 3 Ladles. The Basilica of Veszprém is visible (frontal and back views) on the tops of the outer lids of the Holy Oil Vessels. Brass, bronze, copper, silvered, metal stamping, embossing, chiselling. (2020)

2019-2022 Holy Blood Church, Báta, Liturgical space re-design, planning and implementation of Liturgical space furnishings (Holy Blood Shrine, Altar, cleric’s chair (Sedes), deacon chairs, Ambo