Painter, designer, educator and art theorist born in Selyp, Hungary. In 1924, he enrolled in the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest, and studied with Hungarian impressionist painter Istvan Csok. In 1930, he settled in Berlin and turned to filmmaking and served as an exhibition and stage designer. He was invited to join the design studio of László Moholy-Nagy, a Hungarian who had taught at the Bauhaus. When Moholy-Nagy relocated to London in 1936, Kepes joined him there.