You would be amused if you saw me researching Rusyn artists who relocated to Hungary and finding all the information in Hungarian: I am staring at the unknown words, feeling very important, scanning through page after page, hoping to pinpoint a familiar word that I could decipher – never happens :-).
Anataz Fedinecz was an accomplished painter, and a physician by profession, like his father. He immigrated to Hungary in 1980. His art never failed to express his deep connection to his birth land. But let’s hear him say it:
“The rich historical and intellectual past of my Motherland, its unique landscape formed and polished my palette – up till now they are inexhaustible sources of my art. I am proud of being born in the Karpaths and in my art I put up an external memory to my Motherland.” (1)
In 2005 he was awarded the prestigious PRO CULTURA MINORITATUM HUNGARIAE for his outstanding work in preserving and transmitting the Carpatho-Rusyn culture, thus adding to the efforts aimed at a peaceful co-existence of different ethnic groups living in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. He passed away in November 2012.