Ernest Biro

1905 1944
(Hongrie) 1905 /   (Pologne) 1944

Ernest BIRO


Andrès Biro worked for an insurance company in Budapest. His son Ernest studied drawing at the School of Fine-Arts and later asserted himself as a caricaturist. He painted the portrait of powerful men of his time, which he signed with his nickname Biri-Biri.

Ernest Biro travelled to Greece and to the Balkan countries before going to Paris in 1932. There, people called him the “Charming Bohemian”.

He often visited Geneva and the League of Nations assemblies in order to paint the picture of diplomats. His drawings were published in the French and Hungarian press.


During World War II, he was involved in the struggle against Nazism and produced libertarian tracts. On 22 November 1943, he was arrested by the Gestapo and was interned in Drancy. On 7 December 1943, he was deported on convoy 64. He was murdered in Auschwitz.