Istvan Pekary graduated from the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, and through state scholarship he studied in Rome for many years. His individual style was highly influenced by images and scenes of Hungarian country life found in traditional folk art- a common and important movement within twentieth century modern art. His compositions have a fairytale quality combined with the balance and sophistication of a highly trained artist. Before the Second World War his paintings were exhibited three times at the Venice Biennale in the Hungarian pavilion . Several theater and opera productions designed scenery and costumes designs in Hungary and abroad between 1933-1962 (the Municipal Theater, the National Theater, Schiller Theater, Berlin, Teatro dell 'Opera, Rome; Staatsoper, Vienna).