György Fekete


György Fekete was born in Zalaegerszeg on 28 September 1932. He graduated with a degree in interior design from the University of Applied Arts in Budapest in 1957. He worked in the studio of the architect, Lajos Gárdos, as leading designer at the General Company of Architecture. During this period, he participated in the planning of several great projects.

In 1964 he created an autonomous studio in which plans for educational, commercial, health, administrative, and cultural facilities were developed. He also designed furniture and object series, many of which were sold in the stores of the Company of Applied Arts. More than 170 of his exhibition plans have been realised in Hungary, thirty countries across Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as the United States. Winning a number of mural tenders, his works have also been placed in public buildings. He is the author of more than a hundred articles and studies. He has also written screenplays and hosted six different television series on environmental culture.

Between 1980 and 1983, he was director of the Academy of Applied and Fine Arts, and from 1986 to 1989, he was artistic director of the Company of Applied Arts. In the same period he was also vice president of the Alliance of Hungarian Fine and Applied Artists.

Between 1990 and 1994, he was Deputy Secretary of State in the Ministry of Culture and, in the next four years, member of the cultural committee as a member of parliament. He is one of the founders, as well as the first president of the National Cultural Fund. He habilitated at the University of West Hungary, where he is currently professor emeritus at the Department for Applied Arts.

He refounded and became editor-in-chief of the magazine, Hungarian Applied Art. He is Founding President of the Hungarian Heritage Committee. In 2002, a great exhibition was organised depicting his life work in the Vigadó Gallery. Interviews with his fellow artists, essays, poems, articles were published in a series of books. He joined the Hungarian Academy of Arts in 1995 and became its first president after its transformation into a public body in November 2011. He is also member of the Holy Crown Council.

Artistic and State Awards

  • 1966 - Munkácsy Mihály Award
  • 1984 - Deserved Artist of the Hungarian Republic
  • 2008 - Hungarian Arts Award
  • 2011 - Príma Prize (Sándor Demjén Foundation)
  • 2012 - Tibor Gyurkovics Honorary Ring
  • 2012 - Kossuth Prize
  • 2012 - Presidential Award


International Awards

  • 1980 - Novi Sad, exhibition gold medal (Yugoslavia)
  • 1982 - International Gardening Gold Medal, (Erfurt, GDR)