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Gyula Pauer (1941 – 2012, Budapest) was a Hungarian sculptor, action artist, painter, actor, and filmmaker.
He was an active member of the Hungarian underground Neo-Avant-garde. Starting in 1969, he was a member of the Szürenon group. He strongly connected to the Balatonboglár Chapel-Studio, where he also exhibited in 1970 and presented his first pseudo-manifesto. This concept of pseudo-art is something he explored in sculpture and conceptual works, questioning the reality of the depiction of works of art.
Pauer worked in theatres as a costume and stage designer, director or actor since 1970. In 1983, Pauer had a studio on University Square, and it was a place for the Friday evening events, a gathering of friends from the art scene.
Gyula Pauer became primarily involved with film in the mid-1980s and made his first feature film in the late 1980s.
He was a professor at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest (1990) and a teacher at the Hungarian College of Film and Theater Arts (1994).
One of Pauer’s most notable works is Tüntetõtábla-erdõ (1978), created at the Nagyatád Art Colony. The work consists of 131 signs with slogans placed on the field of around 400 m2. The authorities destroyed it soon after its completion. Also, his work Pszeudo Fa (A Fa emlékműve) (1978), a tree trunk without bark, was also destroyed.
Gyula started his series of sculptures Maya in 1978. Some of his other works include Magyarország szépe (szépségakció) (1985) and Torinói lepel (1991). Beginning in 1985, he created several public sculptures for various cities around the world. Pauer is the author of A cipő a Duna-parton memorial erected in 2005 in Budapest. The monument conceived by Can Togay stands to honours the Jews massacred by the Fascist Hungarian militia belonging to the Arrow Cross Party in Budapest during the Second World War.