Jozef Balá (1923-2006) was a prominent painter
and stamp designer in Czecholovakia and
His main work were graphics and book illustrations. His work is very expressive and a good example of the pre-war Slovak art, although he has a very distinguished place in the national art history.
In 1957 he created the first stamp designs,
three animals, for the issue for the 10th anniversary of TANAP (
Though his own school of art in Pezinok, of which town he has been an honorary citizen since 1983, he influenced the contemporary Slovak art designs. He educated a new generation of stamp designers like Oliver Solga, Igor Piačká and Julia Piačková. During his later years he frequently worked with engraver Martin Činovský (right on the photo).
For Postage stamp day 2003 he was honoured with a special stamp that depicts the drawing which Jozef Balá created for the issue of 110th Anniversary of the Universal Postal Union (Czechoslovakia 12 June 1984). His self-portrait is on the coupon.
Stamp catalogue - Slovak UN stamps designed by Jozef Balá
UNESCO - Jan Kollár 20 May 1993
World Mathematical Year 15 February 2000