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.
The 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.
In 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 Budapest.
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 Games.
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 Frankfurter Kunstkabinett.
Second return to Argentina as Maria can not find a satisfying job.
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 Darmstadt.
Acquisition of German citizenship
Georg-Christoph-Lichtenberg-Preis for fine arts of the country of Darmstadt-Dieburg.
Dead of father- and mother-in-law within one day. Final trip to Argentina.
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, near Darmstadt.
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 CulturalHistory Roßdorf Association.
The last color woodcut as a Christmas greeting.
Esteban Fekete died on 29 March in the 84th year of his life.
Maria Fekete died on 31 August in the 84 th year of her life.