Sculptor in various materials, notably a pioneer in the use of carved Perspex and water, and teacher, born in Bratislava, Slovakia, then part of Hungary. He studied medicine and art at the Prague Academy, winning a scholarship to the Master School of Sculpture in Vienna, also studying in France and Italy. Fleischmann taught art in Vienna, 1935–7, and also held classes for the Czech Army. After periods in South Africa, Bali and Australia, where he lived from 1939, he settled in London from 1948, there exhibiting at RA, NS and RBA. Public galleries in Bratislava, Sydney and Blackburn, Lancashire, hold his work, which is contained in buildings and churches in Britain and abroad. Fleischmann was a devoted Roman Catholic. He was the only artist to sculpt four Popes from life.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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