Szily's talent wins through

Now 21, Szily lived with his family until he was five. Then because of financial difficulties his parents felt forced to put him into state care. While at school his artistic talents were noticed and he eventually enrolled at Satu Mare’s Art School, obtaining several awards.

Sadly, three years ago Szily lost his father - with whom he had kept in touch - and entered a prolonged period of depression. However, a social worker persuaded him to apply for a place at the FARA Foyer in Satu Mare. With the encouragement of the staff there he bought art materials and began painting again. Asked to volunteer at a kindergarten, he was commissioned to paint a cartoon on one of the walls. And with confidence gained from this first commission, Szily submitted three paintings to a local exhibition and to his delight sold one of them.

Fast forward to 2015 and Szily is now a member of the Satu Mare Association of Artists. Better still, he has secured a job at the local theatre where he paints scenery for shows. Commenting on Szily’s success, Foyer manager Carmen Pop says: ‘The theatre staff are full of praise for his talents. They agree that he has the potential to gain a baccalaureate at the local university’s Faculty of Arts. But a good alternative would simply be for him just to do what he wants and be happy!’.