" Nothing lasts forever, the bad and good either, but I want to give something palpable to this world."
Ferenc Temesvári considers himself a lucky man because he is a full-time artist. He was born in 1960 in Budapest. Budapest was a magical place to grow up in. In kindergarten, his talent was rapidly noticed. Ferenc Temesvári was an average student in school and his art teachers saw a huge gift and talent in him. His parents enrolled him in piano courses and he studied classical music for five years and jazz music for also five years, but the underlying desire for creating something new, always won him over and that is why he chose to be a painter. Instead of music, Ferenc Temesvári always had a significant force in art. Since his desire was growing bigger over the years, his path to becoming an artist was inevitable. A bit introvert, in his childhood and young adulthood he attended an art academy called, “The Teacher of Ours.” Frigyes Porscht, a great painter and person as well, saw in him instead of musical talent, considered him from the very start a great artist.
Ferenc Temesvári's thoughts were always linked to art wherever he was. The sci-fi art and style had a huge role in shaping his surrealistic style. Myriads of magazines from the “West” (USA) gave him the space and imagination as well. Always interested in surrealism and less in copying reality. In 1982, Ferenc Temesvári was a contractual artist at Képcsarnok Corporation. In those years he made works from great artists (Dali, Leonardo etc.), he tried to reach and learn the way they created art. Always marveled by Boris Vallejo and Salvador Dalí, they gave Ferenc Temesvári inspiration to create. If there were chances to attend museums and exhibitions, or artist’s studio visits, he would be there and you would likely find him observing the Masters’ work and trying to learn the ropes of the artists’ demands.
Ferenc Temesvári's artistic career was shaped by different artists from Hungary. One of them was András Janusckha, who was a master of depicting classical painting. Ferenc Temesvári's attention was drawn to the mistakes, that was the way he learned a lot and this gave quality to Ferenc Temesvári paintings. Later on, his works were published in journals, such as Galaktika magazine, Android magazine. He participated in personal and group exhibitions. He won a sci-fi competition in 1991, in Los Angeles where Ferenc Temesvári represented Hungary. After this, loads of invitations and works came one after the other.
Ferenc Temesvári's artwork instills in you an overwhelming longing for solitude that overcomes you, and all you want to do is experience a piece of life within his paintings. The colors, the intricate details, the subject itself…it all connects perfectly offering you an entrance to some magical world that you are not accustomed to. It’s as almost you cannot avoid the ecstasy that is felt within in the midst of such imagery. It’s a combination of dreams, desires, and even nightmares. All in one, one in all -encompassing a moment that enhances your senses and all you want to do is forget your reality.
Q. What role does the Artist/ Painter have in society?
A. To decompose the miracles of nature and recompose by rethinking.
Q. What’s your best childhood memory?
A. My best childhood memory was when I was playing on my piano in front of 800-1200 people. It was an exam and managed to amazed people.
Q. As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?
A. I have always wanted to become an artist, painter.
Q. Do you remember the first art you made? What was it and how old were you?
A. At the age of 9, I copied the figures from the French Pif Gadget magazine.
Q. How and when did you first become seriously interested in art?
A. When I was 22 years old, I was a contractual artist at Képcsarnok Corporation and in parallel I didn’t like my civil profession. When I managed to sell my paintings and became independent, I left the mechanic profession.
Q. Tell us about some of the highlights of your artistic career.
A. I have been a contractual illustrator of the Galaktika, Android, 576 KByte magazines and Vega publisher. Besides these, I have illustrated several books commissioned by Cédrus publisher. This period of the 1980s, my works had already been published in TV advertisements of Horizon publisher as well. In the organization of IBB art trade company and Képcsarnok I participated in the second collective exhibition of the Hungarian painters in London, 1988. My first foreign appearance was in the year 1991 when I won the first prize with a golden plaque in the International Graphical and Painter biennale, Santa Barbara. My arts have been shown in Vienna Otto Gallery and Stockholm as well. I have taken part in several individual and collective exhibitions with my most important and remarkable domestic ones: Gödöllő, Kiskőrös, Budapest and Kecskemét. Some other notable places for exhibitions I proudly remember are the Atrium Hyatt Hotel in 2001 and 2003, Hilton hotel in 2018 and the OTP Hall. In addition, I participated in the University of Agronomics, Gödöllő group exhibition as well. My most recent pictures are related to the fascinating topic of surrealism.
Q. What does your art aim to express?
A. I have never been interested in everyday stuff and occurrences. I created my style to breach out from prosy. Many artists depict everyday things, but I wanted to give something different. I love the “giving birth” process where my imagination becomes real. I want to decompose the miracles of the nature and recompose by rethinking. My personal goal is to make people amazed and make something comprehensible. I don’t like complexity. I have always sought for simplicity. I hope my work is being liked by people from all around the world and I can inspire people as well.
Q. If you could work with any artist (past or present) who would it be?
A. Salvador Dalí and Leonardo Da Vinci.
Q. What is your favorite artwork of all time?
A. Leonardo Da Vinci: The last Supper.
Q. What inspires you?
A. Nature, the submerged/underwater world and the outlandish creations of nature.
Q. What medium(s) do you work with?
A. Oil on canvas.
Q. What have you had to sacrifice for this career?
A. A lot of practice, hard work, and jobs I didn't want to carry on.
Q. Who are your biggest influences? Are you inspired by the work of your peers or anyone else in particular?
A. Boris Vallejo, Salvador Dalí, Leonardo Da Vinci.
Q. Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
A. Yes it is, but I am surrounded by friends from all over the world who share the same interest.
Q. Apart from your art, what do you love doing?
A. I love sports, hiking and I marvel and love aquatica. I have a big sea aquarium too.
Q. What is your philosophy in matters of art?
A. To decompose the miracles of nature and recompose by rethinking.
Q. What does 'success' mean to you?
A. Success is when you are acclaimed.
Q. What are the biggest things you've learned in life thus far?
A. Nothing lasts forever, the bad and good either, but I want to give something palpable to this world.
Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, and by who?
A. Nothing is more important than being loved. I learned from my parents.
Q. What advice would you give to the next generation?
A. Never give up what you have started. Be open-minded and recipient. Do what you do with love and passion and if it gives happiness it’s worth it.