The artist, Dr. Peter Tarjan, is a true Renaissance man, a man with broad intellectual interests, accomplished in the arts and sciences. He was born on May 28, 1936 in Budapest, Hungary, on the eve of World War II. His happy, carefree childhood came to a sudden halt in 1944 when his parents were taken away by the Hungarian Nazis. World War II left him an orphan.
Tarjan studied Engineering at the Budapest Muegyetem. The 1956 Hungarian Revolution gave him the opportunity to escape to freedom and self-actualization in the West. He received his BSEE from Purdue University in 1959, and his SMEE from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1960. In 1968, he received his PhD from Syracuse University.
Tarjan is co-founder of the Miami Chapter of Child Survivors of the Holocaust-South Florida Group. He edited the book “Children Who Survived the Final Solution,” iUniverse, 2004. With Susan Meschel, he co-edited “Transplanted Lives” Create Space, 2016; the stories of young Hungarian-born Jews, Holocaust survivors, who escaped to the Free World after the 1956 Uprising.
After patenting numerous inventions in the field of medical devices, Tarjan’s creativity peaked in his more recent artistic oeuvre. In his work, the term ”recycling” and “reusing” finds new meaning. Objects that have been discarded, lost, or fallen in oblivion are revived and transformed into artifacts that bring joy. This exhibit presents one artistic form he uses; exotic flower gardens.
Tarjan is married to Susanna Moross, and has two sons and three grandchildren. He lives in Miami, Florida and is retired from teaching at the University of Miami, in the Biomedical Engineering Department.
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