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Judy Cassab : biography

15 August 1920 -

Judy Cassab AO CBE (born 15 August 1920) is an Australian painter. She has twice won the Archibald Prize.

Judy Cassab was born Judit Kaszab in Vienna, Austria in 1920 to Hungarian parents. Her husband was put in a forced labour camp by the Nazis in World War II, and returned to Hungary in 1944.

She moved to Australia in 1950 and settled in Sydney.

She is the only woman to have won the Archibald Prize twice:

  • 1960 for a portrait of Stan Rapotec
  • 1967 for a portrait of Margo Lewers.

She has held more than fifty solo exhibitions in Australia, as well as others in Paris and London.


On 14 June 1969 she was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in "recognition of service to the visual arts".

On 26 January 1988, she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia again in "recognition of service to the visual arts".

On 3 March 1995, she was awarded a Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from Sydney University.

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