József Kótai was born in Sopron, Hungary, in 1940, and he studied at the Academy of Applied Arts in Budapest. Today Mr. Kótai is a sculptor, artist and silversmith by profession.
In Hungary his works of art are permanently exhibited in Budapest in the National Museum and in the Museum for Applied Art, in Pécs in the Janus Pannonius Museum, in Sopron in the Liszt Ferenc Museum, and in Kecskemét in the Katona József Museum.
In addition, exhibitions devoted exclusively to his own work were organized 1979 in Berlin, Germany, 1980, 1985 and 1986 in Budapest, Hungary, in 1981 in Morges, Switzerland, and in 1986 in Giessen, Germany.
József Kótai has received a number of prizes and awards for his work, including the First Quadriennale of Miskolc, Hungary, in 1976, the First Prize of the Munt-Biennale of Sopron in 1983, 1985 and 1987, and the Ferenczy Noémi Prize in 1993.
József Kótai designs and manufactures the medals exclusively for the European Geophysical Society and for the European Geosciences Union.