Béla Bácsi was born in Gyor, Hungary. When he was six, his family moved to the United States. Continuing the family’s long tradition as stone-carvers, Bácsi took an interest in carving at an early age. In 1978 he traveled to Pietrasanta and Carrara, Italy, apprenticed, and obtained employment as an \"ornamentista \" or fine detail carver, at the Studio Ferdinando Palla in Pietrasanta. Returning to the U.S. and settling in Cleveland, he worked as an architectural ornamental master designer at Fischer and Jirouch Architectural Ornamentation, and as a bronze foundryman at the nationally acclaimed Studio Foundry. Bácsi opened his own sculpture studio and now lives and works in Santa Barbara, California. In 1999, he won the National Sculpture Society Gold Medal and Maurice B. Hexter Prize in New York City. He has won three California Art Club Gold Medals for sculpture: in 2001, 2007 and 2011. His work is held in significant private collections across the United States and in Europe. Bácsi holds a California Community Colleges teaching certificate for adult education programs, has taught at Santa Barbara City College and currently teaches sculpture at California Lutheran University. He is a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society and a Signature Artist of the California Art Club.