The life of Endre Röder in many respects reflects the turbulent history of Europe and of European art in his life time. It demonstrates clearly how art transcends both political ideologies and the various appalling “isms” of the last century Endre was born in Budapest in 1933 but following his parent's marital breakdown found himself in Malta while he was still a toddler. Life was peaceful for a few years, far away from the convulsions which afflicted central Europe. This was rudely interrupted by the Second World War during which Malta was heavily bombed and Endre's education disrupted. He began to study art in Malta when he was in his teens after the war but the family moved to England in 1949 as his mother had remarried.