Ilona Fekete Biography


Ilona Fekete was born in a small town in Hungary in 1953.  The daughter of a Farmer, Ilona developed her love of traditional Hungarian crafts such as crocheting and fine needle embroidery, which were passed down through the generations.  Upon coming to Canada at the age of 16, Ilona married and had 3 daughters.  While raising a family, she developed her love of folk art painting by studying traditional European folk artists.  Now semi-retired, Ilona spends her time developing naïve renderings of everyday life.  Ilona’s paintings tell a story of rustic simplicity through bold colors and whimsical simplicity.  

As a member of the Arts Council of Surrey and Burnaby, Ilona has received increased notoriety over the past few years.  Her artwork has appeared in major motion pictures including Walt Disney’s “Santa Buddies” and Hallmark Hall of Fame “Family Thanksgiving”.  A feature artist at the Fort Langley Cranberry Festival, her artwork is offered for sale at Country Lane Antiques in Fort Langley. Her artwork has also been featured in stores and galleries from Kelowna to Fort St. John.  As a believer in giving back to others, Ilona regularly donates her paintings to charitable organizations for auction to help raise money for children to attend art camp and assist with funds for a battered women’s shelter. Currently Ilona resides in Langley and works out of her home studio.  Her artwork is available locally and through private commission work by contacting her directly.   

With the maturity that comes with witnessing life’s joys and tragedies, Ilona has developed her love of folk art painting to reflect her motto:

“Life can be hard…art should be happy”

Ilona Fekete  

ph: 604-888-5900  

email: folkartist

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