Orsoya Pentek (Péntek Orsolya) is an artist and a writer. Started to learn drawing when she was four years old, and received a formal training from age 11 to 23. Since very early childhood, her interests have been questions raised by the metaphysical paintings, first and foremost De Chirico, and the Italian Renaissance. Her first paintings have been influenced by her master, a the Hungarian painter, Jozsef Szentgyorgyi (1940–2013), although she destroyed her early works entirely.
Orsoya Pentek participated in group-exhibitions from mid 1990s, made illustrations for periodicals, worked as a portrait painter, ultimately she graduated from the Faculty of Humanities of the Eotvos Lorand University (ELTE) in Hungarian Language and Literature and History in 1999.
As a history student, she researched the visual culture and symbolism of the Hungarian and Italian Renaissance. In 1999, she debuted as a writer in the Hungarian periodical, called Lyukasora. She got the Polisz literature prize in 2001, and only a year later, she published her first book at the Fekete Zongora Publishing House (Az oszon egy rotbarna komondor borongol keresztul –“An Auburn Komondor Walked Through The Autumn”). She also published short stories in the weekend edition of the Hungarian daily journal Magyar Nemzet from 2003. Her published pieces compiled a book resulting the first volume of her novel-universe. The pieces were published in other Hungarian periodicals (Ex-Symposion, Kalligram, Csillagszallo, Hid, Litera).
Her latest book was published by Kalligram in 2017. “The book of Dorka” tells the story of an Italian-Hungarian-Croatian-German family from the years of Austro-Hungarian Empire to our days. “The book of Dorka” is the second part of a forthcoming trilogy. (First part, The twins of Andalus was published also by Kalligram in 2014.)
After 15 years as a writer, Orsoya Pentek started to paint again in February 2015. She experiments to create a complete, structured, artistic universe from novels to stories and paintings. Her most important and beloved scenes, such as Venice, Florence and Budapest, are frequently shown in stories and paintings, as well.