Graphic artist Arnold Gross was born in Torda, Transylvania on 25th November 1929. He came to Hungary from Romania as a refugee in 1947. He started to study art at the Academy of Fine Arts. His masters were: György Kornecsni, Károly Koffán, Gyula Hinz, György Kádár. Béla Kondor and Vladimir Szabo also had a great influence on him. He received the Munkácsy Prize in 1955 and 1967. After several exhibitions in Italy he received an award in Lugano. In 1958 he got the first prize of the Ex Libris Tender of the Studio of Young Artists. In 1967 he won the second prize of the Graphic Biennale in Miskolc. He received first prize at the Graphic Biennale in Krakow in 1966 and 1968. In 1987 he became "Érdemes Művész" (Merit of Artist) and got the Kossuth Prize in 1995. He had several solo exhibitions. Since 1993 he has been a member of the Széchenyi Literary and Art Academy.
He developed his own style in 1950s and it is based on a complete renewal of etching techique, which are characterized by extraordinary technical skills, fine lines and rich colours.
His etchings are full of original fairy figures. His real and unreal elements, realistic details give his art a unique symbolic meaning. His frequent themes are landscapes and trees, which still follow the tradition of Rembrand. Personalized girl shape flowers are real living beings in the fairy land of Arnold Gross.
Townscapes, art objects and commemorative plaques are also important parts of his life-work. The latest ones commemorate his beloved friends and masters. For example his mother, the friend Béla Kondor. Among great European artists: Jan Van Eyck, Bach, Andersen.