Fekete, Hungarian (1924 - 2009)
Esteban Fekete was born in 1924 in Cinkota near Budapest. Initially
there, later in Turkey he experienced a sheltered upbringing.
School, graduation and later his civil engineering studies in
Budapest did not absorb him, so he developed a passion for sports
and became a promising athlete.
As the political situation deteriorated in 1948 he unceremoniously
decided not to return from an England and France-trip with
other athletes but to immigrate to Argentina.
Fekete with Ulysses 1962 in ArgentinaThe cultural live in
Buenos Aires has always been extremely vivid. His wife supported
his courage to reconsider his vocation. Contacts with artists
could easily be established. The now like in a rush, untiringly
painting autodidact was lucky to find a well disposed mentor
in the person of Professor Julio E. Payro, the leading argentine
art critic, who recognized Fekete's extraordinary gift and
supported him by communicating theoretical knowledge.
Fekete with Maria and Amigo 1971 in garden of Stetteritz,
Roßdorf near DarmstadtIn 1961 an exhibition in the Frankfurter
Kunstkabinett by Hanna Bekker vom Rath is crucial for the future:
The especially for this event first self-printed Poster ‘'
Der Spiegel'' (The Mirror) sells a 100 times within days after
its release. The success in the following years was so overwhelming
that the artist and his wife, who should later become a Professor
at the Technical University, moved to Darmstadt. Since 1984
the couple lives in a 3 month alternating cycle in their house
in Gundernhausen/Germany or near Kenmare in Ireland.
Esteban Fekete was born on the 11th of August in Cinkota near
As the father is offered a job in Turkey the family moves houses.
Return to Cinkota where Esteban stayed with relatives in his
mother's family home to get an orderly education.
Graduation. Mid-distance-running training. The Artist enters
the University of Budapest to study Civil Engineering.
Trip with fellow athletes to Paris without return.
Immigration to Argentina. Appointment as a Civil Engineer with
a construction company.
Marriage with the argentine Chemistry student Maria A.Rongine.
Becomes argentine citizen and takes part in the pan-American
Starts to paint and to draw encouraged by his wife, supported
by artists and especially by honourable argentine art critic
Professor Julio E.Payro. First exhibition in Buenos Aires.
His wife Maria completes her PhD in Chemistry. Postdoctoral
year in Heidelberg. Exhibitions in Germany.
Return to Buenos Aires. His wife is happy, he is not.
Journey to Darmstadt
First colour-woodcut to produce an exhibition poster for the
Second return to Argentina as Maria can not find a satisfying
Final farewell to the home of Maria Fekete's family. The couple
settles in Darmstadt.
Construction of their Roßdorf home. Outbreak of a thanks
to good doctors, fast healing lung tuberculosis.
Maria Fekete is appointed Professor at the Technical University
Acquisition of German citizenship
Georg-Christoph-Lichtenberg-Preis for fine arts of the country
Dead of father- and mother-in-law within one day. Final trip
Retrospective to celebrate his 60th birthday in the Saalbau
gallery, Darmstadt. Installation of a second home in Ireland.
Travelling exhibition through Hungarian cities. Opening ceremony
at the Jozsef-Attila University of Szeged.
Exhibition in the Hungarian national gallery, Budapest.
Retrospective paintings and graphic arts to celebrate his 70th
birthday in the Kunsthalle Darmstadt in cooperation with
the gallery Netuschil, Darmstadt.
Installation of the Fekete-Kabinett in the arts-club Roßdorf.
Painting on loan to the Bessunger Forst –Hotel Roßdorf,
Retrospective to celebrate his 75th birthday: Gallery at the
Savignyplatz, Dr. Friedrich Rothe, Berlin, Bilderkabinett
Markwart Müller Linow, Darmstadt.
Opening of the Fekete-foundation in Roßdorf. A gallery
with oil-paintings, pastels and colour-woodcuts.
Retrospective 80th Geburtsstag: exhibitions of pastels and glass painting at the Museum of Cultural History Roßdorf Association.
The last color woodcut as a Christmas greeting.
Esteban Fekete died on 29 March in the 84th year of his life.