For this article in the international artist series, we turn to Hungary, featuring seven artists who create fantastic work, from awesome manga illustrations to brilliant graphic design and more! I asked each artist how their country and culture inspired their work, and they delivered fantastic answers. Enjoy!
International Artist Feature: Hungary
Peter is an illustrator, motion designer, and 3D artist based in Budapest, Hungary. His work features brilliant digital illustrations with great atmosphere and lighting. Check out a small selection of his work below, or see more inhis portfolio.
scenery in Hungary has always fascinated me. I have a strong connection with
nature, and in Hungary, there are
beautiful forests and parks where I can become inspired. I live in Budapest and the character of the city is vibrant. I love
the differences between the two sides, Buda and Pest.
When I started my interest in art, the first classic Hungarian
artworks I saw were from Mihály Munácsy, László Pál and Színyei.
They inspired me to study the atmosphere, and to try plein air
painting. In my artwork, I put the focus on the atmosphere and try to bring
about a special mood, just like my favorite Hungarian painters.
The Stolen Presents
The culture is vibrant in Hungary, and in Budapest there are a lot
of exhibitions and programs, both sub-cultural and mainstream-themed. There
are a lot of art spaces in Budapest where young talent can introduce
themselves, as well as many festivals and programs where you can meet fellow creatives
and their artwork.
Luleiya is an artist based in Budapest, Hungary. Her work features delightful illustrations in a colorful Manga style. Check out a small selection of her work below, or see more inher portfolio.
King That Never Was
I definitely love the nature and forests in Hungary. There are great
hiking trails all around, so there is always a possibility to “get
away.” But on the other hand, I love living in Budapest because the center of the city
is bustling and full of energy, with tons of cute cafés and parks where
you can go hang out with friends.
If anything, it’s definitely the nature of Hungary that
has influenced my work. I used to walk in the forests and imagine all kinds
of stories with elves and other fantastical creatures.
Hakka No Togame
I’m not sure about the art community here. I know there is one but I’m
not really a participant. I’m more active in global online art
communities where I can get to know artists from all around the world
and be inspired by them.
Daniel Vilmos Latzkovits
Daniel is an artist based in Szeged, Hungary. His work features amazing character designs inspired by his love of fantasy and sci-fi. Check out a small selection of his work below, or see more inhis portfolio.
I am a native Hungarian. I’ve always felt a strong calling to entertainment design, but this sounded like a crazy career and something a Hungarian could
only achieve with great connections or tremendous risk taking. Needless
to say, I didn’t have any good connections but I am currently involved in freelance indie projects. Even in
Hungary, opportunities arise for entertainment artists who gravitate more
towards film and game design.
Hungary is an interesting place. It is cold in the winter and hot in
the summer. Life is cheap but the entertainment is costly. We pride
ourselves on being inventive in all sorts of ways. Perhaps too much at
To be honest, the biggest influences in my life were none other than Hungarians
like Johann Sebastian Bach, Wernher von Braun, Vermeer, George Lucas, Syd Mead and many others.
For an artist, Hungary can be many things. You can find
jobs and opportunities, but art is somewhat a luxury for most. There
is definitely a growing market though. New
technologies are accessible now more than ever, so artists of many
trades can experiment or pioneer new ways to
create. I would
say Hungarian artists have great potential.
Aliz is a graphic designer based in Budapest, Hungary. Her work features playful, illustrative designs inspired by Budapest and more. Check out a small selection of her work below, or see more inher portfolio.
I love the buildings of Budapest and the local architecture. The city
has lots of amazing hidden wonders, and despite living here for
several years, Budapest still surprises me every time. I like that the city is also not too huge, so I can get anywhere easily. The
different districts have diverse atmospheres but
generally they are all very friendly.
Some of my work has been influenced by the region and the local culture.
For example, recently I created designs dealing with transportation and
different districts in Budapest. I wanted to increase the overall attention for the local events, and the beautiful sights to see.
42 the Coffee
I graduated at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in
Budapest. The students here built quite a large and cohesive art
community. In addition, there are many pubs in the city where
artists can meet up with each other during the evenings.
Márton Gyula Kiss
Márton is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Budapest, Hungary. His work features stunning digital paintings of vast landscapes and fantasy characters. Check out a small selection of his work below, or see more inhis portfolio.
I have never lived abroad, so It’s hard to compare it to
other countries, but I believe we are lucky to live in a climate with
all four seasons. The scale and measurements of the buildings as they fit into the environment, all give me the impression
of being at home. As a citizen of the capital, I am still amazed by all of
the highlights the city has to offer. Budapest is not a
place where you can easily get lost. It’s a very lively and colorful
Lost in the Wilderness
Hungary’s history draws back a very long time, so there could
easily be many things that inspire me both historically and culturally. We are in an advantageous
position because most of our historical monuments have survived throughout the centuries and can be used to inspire artists today.
Being a small country, this profession has its own limits in
Hungary, especially because it’s influenced by the capital in every segment
of life. Certain artists may not know each other
personally but they know each other’s work. There is the
existence of the online art communities, but a lot of clubs,
competitions, and exhibitions are formed to
feed our creative interests. I believe there is still a
lot to learn about solidarity, innovation, and community building in Hungary.
Erika is a graphic and web designer based in Budapest, Hungary. Her work features her love for all things geek, transformed into gorgeous seamless patterns. Check out a small selection of her work below, or see more inher portfolio.
I love the diversity in Hungary. There is so much to look at and feel. Hungarian people are also very diverse. We have a lot of culture and our nation has been mixed throughout the centuries. This mixing gives us a very
enchanting and bohemian-like feeling.
I think the mix of cultures here helps me to be open minded. I’m using motifs from a lot of different nations
depending on the purpose and the topic of the project I’m working on. There is inspiration everywhere!
There are several art universities and colleges in Hungary. This is the reason that there are many
small, design-related groups with enthusiastic members who know each other well and work together even after graduating.
We used to say, that the designers in Hungary are a small group. You
can reach one person through two or three mutual friends. There are meetups
and big events for us where we can chat about art, work, clients and
the meaning of life.
And above all this, there are design and fashion markets every month, as well as different design weeks and exhibitions too.
László is a graphic designer based in Békéscsaba, Hungary. His work features a unique cartoon style used to draw crazy characters and colorful background illustrations. Check out a small selection of his work below, or see more inhis portfolio.
Hungary is really calm, well, at least in the city where I live. And there are no large distances between two places.
I’d say that the local culture hasn’t really
influenced me—though maybe a few Hungarian cartoons have, but nothing special. I
draw my main inspiration from a lot of different foreign cartoons, comic
books, novels and movies.
Kindergarten Photo Backdrop
Unfortunately, I know only a few people personally who do this
sort of thing, whether it’s digital or traditional art. But they are all
really awesome and talented in their areas and I feel lucky to know
Many thanks to the artists who took time to answer my questions and share a bit about themselves and how their country and/or culture has affected their work. You can check out more of their work in the links below: