Born in 1946 in Paks, Hungary, Károly Hopp-Halász studied decorative painting at the Arts High School in Pécs from 1962 to 1965. He continued his studies with the Pécs Workshop art group, of which he became member. In the late 1960s and 1970s his interest turned to the effects of optical movement and the creation of image structures. He also made land art and staged performances as a member of the Pécs Workshop art group.
Károly Hopp-Halász also established a number of institutions and art circles in Paks, the most significant being the Art Gallery of Paks in 1991. He showed works in Budapest (Fészek Gallery 2006, 1998); Paks (Art Gallery of Paks 2010, 1994); Brescia, Italy (Franco Dagani Atelie 2003); and Viadana, Italy (Coevit Arte Contemporana 2003, Galeria Bedoli 1997).
His works have been exhibited in group shows around the world including The Vinyl Factory Soho in London (2018), Robert Capa Center in Budapest (2017), Elizabeth Dee Gallery in New York (2017), Neuer Kunstverein in Vienna (2016), and Sumukha Galeria in Bangalore (2008). In 1996 he was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic. In 2006, he received the Munkácsy Mihály Prize. Károly Hopp-Halász died in 2016 in Paks.