"I was born in Cinkota, Hungary (15 km. from Budapest) in 1924.
I was an only child, my father was an engineer and in 1928 he went
to work to Turkey, so he took my mother and me with him. I began
to study in a French school in Istanbul. At the age of 8 I came
back alone to Hungary and lived with my mother's family. I attended
high school and afterwards I got my Engineering Degree from the
Technical University in Budapest.
They said I had talent for drawing but I was interested in nothing
than sports at that time. I was a good runner of and in 1947 they
took me to Paris to participate in the Universiada. I stayed there
one year and then I emigrated to Argentina. I got the Argentine
nationality in 1950, I married with María, an argentinian
young lady who was pursuing a chemical career. I was selected to
participate in the the Pan-American Games of 1951 where I got the
4th place in the 3000 m. with obstacles. Soon afterwards I had to
quit running because I hurt the Aquiles tendon and it was just in
1952 that my wife Maria proposed me to paint altogether.
It was then that I learned painting was my vocation. I got in contact
with two well known painters, Leopoldo Presas and Carlos Torraladona,
who helped me to find my style and technique. But above at all I
owe it to Julio Payro, who taught me the basic of painting.
the beginning, my style was figurative, with slight deformations
and an intense use of color. I painted in oil and pastels, with
sizes ranging from medium up to one meter. Always, Drawing has always
been the essential part of the painting.
I had some exhibitions in Buenos Aires in the Comte Gallery, Antigona,
Pizarro, Rubbers and Plastice art galleries, and also at The Cordoba
Museum and Tandil Museum. In 1957, María got a Grant to study
in Germany, so we moved there.
I made a poster in engraved wood with 5 colored plates for an exhibition
in Frankfurt in 1960, and it was the beginning of my engraving career.
Since then, I have created 700 works with this technique, and I
was on charge to print every one by myself, sometimes there were
100 up to 250 works. In the last years I have created no more than
30 of them.
don't know where inspiration comes from. Everything is thought and
experimentation. I have my personal inner portfolio of figures and
objects... boats, abandoned houses and elements like windows and
tables; cows, dogs, cats, donkeys; there are some men too, naked
women, Maria and even myself. I don't paint new cars, I prefer destroyed
cars. With them I want to say that more and more technicism is killing
the culture thus sending the world to hell. Man changes everything,
but this change is so fast and dangerous. This is the reason why
I paint timeless objects.
My wife Maria had worked as a professor at the Darmstadt University
since 1971, so we didn't have any kind of economic problems, so
I didn't need to depend on the buyers' twists of mind. The only
concession that I remember it was when I allowed to print my plates
in very large series, even up to 10000 prints... The problem was
to sign every one of them..." "...Now
that I find increasing difficulties with engraving works, I am successfully
working with painting under glass ("Hinterglas").These works have been very praised by critics and the public.
We live in the village called Rossdorf, where I have a Museum which
consists in three small halls where I permanently exhibit 50 of
my artworks, including some of the paintings that I made with the
the future I want to work more instensively with this technique
until it will be perfect.
My ideals have been constant through the years: I want to be faithful
to myself. When I was young I sometimes let myself be seduced by
praises. At present I try to avoid it!
My biggest fear is to become stupid, "grumpy" and being
not able to perceive it! My greatest happiness is when I don't feel
If I weren't an artist....I wouldn't like to live anymore!"