BIOGRAPHY and artist statement


Letizia Zombory is a Dutch citizen (born in 1944 in Hungary,in a noble family on the father’s side she has Italian ancestors).  The parents’s  assets were expropriated by the communist  regime, she was discriminated because of her origin. She studied  3 years economics on the university in Budapest and after 2 years marketing.She also wanted to study art history but there was no possibility.

In 1972 she married an became mother of two children(1975, 1979)

In 1977 she escaped  the  Hungarian communist  regime with her husband and 2 year old daughter without valid passport.The only way out of Hungary was southwards to Greece.In Greece she was free for the first time in her life..

The Netherlands was her safe haven,they trawelled across Europa from Greece to the Netherlands,and the journey lasted a whole  month. There was only bread an water to feed her and her family.

In Netherland she became Dutch citizen and founded the peace and tranquillity.

Her marriage resulted in a divorce in 1984.Around that time to cope wat happened, she considered a carrier as a painter, to fulfill her childhood dreams.

In 2004 destiny struck again and her 24 old son was killed in a horrific accident. The only was she could cope and still be able to live with this tragedy, was by painting. Of course 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. This was a true hardship. Her daughter and son in low( in Amsterdam)aided her whereever possible.

In Italy she was discovered by galleries and art fairs,museums and Accademies. She was invited to participate in every artist happening. The media wrote highly about her and her artworks appeared in many magazines and catalogues (also in London)

Her artistic theme is the history of ancient Rome, the history of Venice, the story of historical people like Casanova, Cesar and Cleopatra, Nero and many others.

She got als awards and she became member of Accademie,her artworks began to be well-known at abroad in Europe,Asia and USA.

The most important  expositions of her were in:



“In my paintings I am always searching for the inner soul of a theme. A face, that can not be seen. A soul, which can be beautiful or ugly. The image can be either a 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 the other face of this wonderful town, a face that has not been painted during the centuries. I am a little ironic and playful, but so is the town also, always different and incomprehensible. Everything revolves around the gondolas that have grown to a half human being. I also wanted to show my deep love and humility for a wonderful town.

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.”