Mr. Miklós Szentkirályi was born on May 11, 1943 in Kocsord, Szabolcs-Szatmár County. His father is Gyula Szentkirályi, his mother is Éva Bethlen. He has two sisters: Erzsébet (1941), and Ágnes (1948).
He is married, to Zsuzsanna Lőrincze; they have two sons: Miklós (1981) and András (1982)
He started his career studying painting, then his interest turned towards the restoration of paintings and he chose painting and restoration as his mission in life. From 1975 on he has been working in museums (public collections, monuments). Besides practical work, he is occupied by restoration theory, its organizational and moral issues.
Between 1957-1959 he went to an art grammar school in Marosvásárhely, where he could not finish his studies. He obtained a certificate as metal industry worker in 1962. He worked for a car repair company in Marosvásárhely as a locksmith, car electrician and precision instrument technician. In the meantime he finished grammar school in evening classes, and attended arts courses. He obtained a secondary school degree in 1967. Between 1968-1973, after fulfilling army service, he studied in Kolozsvár at the “Ion Andreescu” Academy of Fine Arts, Department of Painting, in the class of Gábor Miklóssy, painter awarded with State Prize.
He moved to Hungary in 1973. Between 1974-1977 he studied at the Restorer-Training Institute of the Academy of Fine Arts in the class of Prof. Dezső Varga, restorer awarded with Munkácsy-Prize. He obtained a degree as painter-restorer artist in 1977.
1975-1990 Old Hungarian Department of the Hungarian National Gallery, Restorer, Head of Department, Chief Restorer
From 1990 Museum of Fine Arts, Chief Restorer, Head of Department
From 1977 Working as free-lance restorer besides his work
1983 Listed in the register of restoration experts. Since then he has been regularly acting as expert.
Membership at professional associations:
1977. Arts Fund (MAOE), from 1991 Member of Committee, from 1996 Member of Presidency
1979. Alliance of Hungarian Fine- and Applied Artists, between 1986-90 Secretary of Section, from 1990 Secretary in Charge of Section
1991. Hungarian Chamber of Restorers, Founding Member, since 1992 Chairman
1997. Hungarian Public Fund for Fine Arts, member of artistic-professional consulting board
1976. I. National Restorer Competition, 2nd Prize
1978. II. National Restorer Competition, 1st and 2nd Prize
1979. Medal for Socialist Culture for the exhibition of panel paintings and sculptures of the Middle Ages
1983. Medal for Socialist Culture for the exhibition King Matthias and his age in Schallaburg
1989. “Nívó” Prize for the exhibition Aristocratic galleries and family portraits
1989. “Nívó” Prize for restoring the altar of the chapel in Hédervár
1995. Memorial Medal of Hajdú-Bihar County Municipality
1995. Memorial Medal of Debrecen, Town of County Rank
1991. Mihály Munkácsy Prize
1996. Golden Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary