Dóra Keresztes was born in Budapest in 1953. She finished her studies at the Book Design Department of the Hungarian University of Arts and Design in Budapest in 1977. Also she graduated in the master section of the University and after that she was working in Rome in Collegium Hungaricum. She started her carrier with book designs, illustrated and designed books mainly for children and contemporary Hungarian literature and ran workshops with children – among others in the Hungarian National Gallery. Later on, film posters and theater posters came to the center of her interest and she also became the art director and designer of Múzsák („Muses”) Cultural Magazine in Budapest. Also, she was the vice president of the Society of Hungarian Illustrators for several years, and in 2004 she was co-founder of the Hungarian Poster Association. Nowadays she works as a free lance designer in her own design studio. Besides her design activity, she is an independent fine artist, stage designer and director of animated films. Her works have been shown in exhibitions, biennales and film festivals both in Hungary and abroad.

Major Exhibitions

1985, Budapest, Hungary, Vigadó Galéria
1987, Debrecen, Hungary, Kossuth Lajos University
1992, Sopron, Hungary, Culture Centre
1995, Zsámbék, Hungary, Culture Centre
1996, Zalaegerszeg, Hungary, City Concert and Exhibition Hall
1997, Budapest, Hungary, The Centre of the Hungarian Culture Foundation
1999, Szentendre, Hungary, Vincze Paper Mill
2000, Szeged, Hungary, Kass János Gallery
2001, Tehran, Iran, Artist Gallery
2001, Gödöllő, Hungary, Applied Artist Colony
2002, Budapest, Hungary, Gallery IX,
2002, Debrecen, Hungary, Studio Gallery
2003, Győr, Hungary, Gallery of the City Library
2004, Budapest National Theatre
2005, Budapest, Hungary, Dorottya Gallery
2009, Budapest, Hungary, Barabás Villa
2010, Tatabánya, Jászai Mari Színház Galériája
2010, Kőszeg, Református templom
2012, Győr, Esterházy Palota
2014, Hiroshima, Aster Plaza

Major Awards

1982, Fine Hungarian Book Award
1987, the Jury’s Special Prize for the film Magic, Cinanima International Animation Film Festival, Esphino, Portugal
1988, award at the International Biennale of Graphic Design, Brno, Czech Republic
1994 and 2001, award of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)
1995, main prize at the Contemporary Poetry and Graphics Biennale, Kecskemét, Hungary
2000, category prize for the film Faces at the Szolnok International Film Festival of Fine Arts
2000, Golden Medal at the Millennium Competition of the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts
2002, the Children’s Book of the Year, Hungarian IBBY Prize.