The biography of my father, Zsolt Némethy
2008. november 15. 17:45:19 | magyarul
Zsolt Némethy was born in Debrecen-Hungary in 1916 to Lívia Rajzó - only daugther of Rajzó Miklós, a well- known sacral and portrait painter throughout Hungary and József Némethy, portrait painter and photographer.
In 1936 he moved to Budapest to study at the Academy of Art.
From 1939 to 1945 his studies were interrupted due to the second World War and Zsolt Némethy served his country as a soldier.
In 1946 he moved to Rome to study art and restoration of oil paintings. A year later he moved to Antwerp to continue his studies at the local Academy of Art
In 1948 he emmigrated to England and married in 1950
In 1950 his son Steven was born in the area of Fulham in London
From 1951 to 1953 he lived and worked in Rutland, England - where his daugther Katalin was born.
In 1954 he moved back to London, worked as a commercial artist for advertising companies and started painting in open-air.
In 1955 he worked as a freelance art restorer for galleries in the west-end of London, such as Richard Green in Bond street and Omell galleries of St. James's.
1956, he was elected president of the Hungarian Community in London and Trustee of the "Mindszenty House".
In 1964 he spent time painting in Hungary.
In 1965 his paintings were exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art in London at the annual "Summer Exhibition" this is an exhibition of great repute and thousands of artists from all over the world strive to enter their works,but only a percentage are accepted.
Thereafter Zsolt Némethy spent much time travelling, one of his favourite locations was Roses located in the Catalunia not far from Barcelona.
In the year of 1969 he was commissioned to paint a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the 2nd for the Military Academy.
For the next couple of years he travelled to Germany, Austria and Switzerland painting "Plein-Air" paintings in a post impressionist style.
On returning to London,he was commissioned to paint portraits of various Generals for the Military Academy also Cardinal Heenan of Westminster and the Benedictine Abbot of Ealing.
Between 1983 and 1984 he spent much time in Hungary painting and visiting relatives,this was his last visit to his place of decent and the last six years of his life were spent in his London home where he painted until the time of his death in the year of 1990.