Hungarian naive painter, born in Algyö. A basket-weaver by trade, he began to paint in 1933, but in 1938, disappointed at lack of recognition, he burned most of his pictures and abandoned art. It was not until the 1960s that he was ‘discovered’; in 1969, the year of his death, several of his pictures were shown at the First Triennial Exhibition of Naive Art in Bratislava. Since then his work has been included in a number of international exhibitions of naive art and he has won a reputation as Hungary's leading naive painter. Only about thirty of his pictures are known to exist. They are based on the world around him (domestic scenes, farm life, and so on), brightly coloured with the flat decorative quality of a child's sampler.