Esteban Fekete, Master Painter


by © Rocío Heredia

"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.

At 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.

I 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 Hinterglas technique.

In 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 any pain!

If I weren't an artist....I wouldn't like to live anymore!"


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