On 13 June, Léna & Roselli Gallery opened an exhibition celebrating Miklós Németh’s 90th birthday, which also featured the artist’s family.

His wife Ilona Benkő was a painter and their daughter Ilona Németh was a glass sculptor.

The Léna & Roselli Gallery founded the BudArtPest Project in 2012 with the aim of presenting and promoting Hungarian contemporary art abroad and bringing and introducing world stars such as Oleg Kulik, Bernard Szajner, Joseph Sassoon Semah and Naoki Fuku to the Hungarian art-loving public. In 2022, the international jury of Art Basel selected our gallery as one of the 300 best galleries in the world, recognizing our work in the field of contemporary art.

At the same time, the gallery launched a project called “Newcomers”, where young, emerging artists such as Kim Corbisier, Gábor Pintér, Gábor Király, Ágnes Podmaniczy, József Pinczés, Norbert Hegedűs and Dániel Galambosi were given the opportunity to present their work.

Miklós Németh’s first album, written by Jenő Zsellér, was published by Léna & Roselli Gallery, and due to its great success, it will be available again in September 2024, in an extended version, also in Japanese.

The Miklós Németh exhibition can be visited until 24 July, every weekday from 11 am to 4 pm or by appointment.

To book an appointment, please contact us at lenaroselligallery@gmail.com.

About the artist:

Miklós Németh (1934-2012) was born in Budapest, Hungary. His art was greatly influenced by German Expressionism and he made a significant contribution to the Hungarian Modernist movement.His paintings are gestural and organic, moving between the representational and the abstract, often depicting landscapes, nudes and portraits. Németh’s main subjects included flowers, landscapes, clowns, love and desire.He became known for his distinctive bright palette, strongly delineated forms and graphic, linear compositions.

Rejecting the popular style of socialist realism, he drew inspiration from nature. Németh called himself ‘The Volcano Painter’ because of his fascination with the visual tactility of cooling lava, which inspired his paint handling. He painted on everything he could get his hands on, from newspaper to tableware to carpets. Many of these works are on display in the exhibition.

Between 1950 and 1954, he studied at Ödön Márffy’s painting school under István Varga Ilosvai, Emil Gádor and Menyhért Tóth. He worked at the art camps in Tokaj and Telkibánya and participated in several solo and group exhibitions in Hungary. In 1981 he had a solo exhibition at the Műcsarnok, and exhibited regularly at the National Watercolour Biennials. His works can be found in numerous private and public collections and museums. His first book, written by Jenő Zsellér, was published by Léna & Roselli Gallery.


Highly influenced by German Expressionism, Németh is notable for his important contributions to the Hungarian Modernist movement. His paintings are gestural and organic while ranging between the representational and abstract, often depicting landscapes, nudes, and portraiture. His distinctly bright palette often included starkly outlined forms and graphic, linear compositions. Rejecting the popular style of Socialist Realism, Németh was instead inspired by nature and labeled himself the “Painter of the Volcano,” due to his attraction to the visual tactility of cooling lava which inspired his handling of paint. His instinctive art, completely ignoring current art trends, is much closer to the French classical avant-garde (Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne, Vincent Van Gogh), the art of the Fauvist Georges Rouault, and German Expressionism (Emil Nolde, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner). Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1934, Németh died in 2012.

Take a look at Miklos Németh’s works: https://lenaroselligallery.com/project_category/art-collections-miklos-nemeth/page/2/