Letizia Zombory is a Dutch citizen based in Italy.
She was born in 1944 in Hungary in a noble family, with Italian ancestors. She studied Economics at the university in Budapest. She also wanted to study art history but there was no possibility.
In 1972 she married and became mother of two children in 1975 and 1979.
In 1977 she escaped the Hungarian communist regime (where she was discriminated because of her origin)with her husband and her 2 year old daughter. They travelled across Europe via Greece to the West, the journey lasted a whole month. The Netherlands became her safe haven.
In Netherlands she gained the Dutch citizenship and she found peace and tranquility.
Her marriage ended in a divorce in 1984. Around that time, in order to cope with what had happened, she considered a career as an artist, to fulfill her childhood dreams.
In 2004 destiny struck again and her 24 year old son was killed in a horrific accident. Her coping mechanism was -and still is- painting. Although pain and sorrow remained with her.
In 2009 at 65 years she choose for a different path in life and burned her ships to pursuit a new life and career as a painter in Italy. There, her work was discovered by galleries and art fairs, museums and Academies. She was invited to participate in every artist happening. The media wrote highly about her and her artworks appeared in many Italian and international magazines and catalogues. She receive awards and she became member of the Academia, her artworks began to be well known abroad all over Europe, Asia and United States.
Her artistic theme is the history of ancient Rome, the history of Venice, the story of people like Casanova, Cesar and Cleopatra, Nero and many others.
Some of her most important expositions were in Florence, Innsbrück, London, Miami, Vienna, Vienna, Genova, Rome and Vatican, Monte Carlo and Stockholm.
“In my paintings I am always searching for the inner soul of a theme. A soul, a face, a hidden truth. The image can be either reality or surreal. The image has to belong to the theme and the hidden must be expressed, by any means necessary. I am always looking for the feelings of people, landscapes and inanimate objects.
In my Venice series, I want to show a less well known image of this wonderful city, an image that has not been painted during the centuries. I am a little ironic and playful, but so is this city too, always different and incomprehensible. Everything revolves around the gondolas that have grown into half human beings. I also wanted to show my love and humility for this wonderful city.
My Rome series tell the story about the Majestic capital of the old, the lost World with her glamorous palaces, great emperors and the common people. This tale is about the Eternal City that is nowadays just as colorful pulsating, majestic and eternal as it ever was.”