He turned to painting after his studies in mathematics. 1906 was the first time he visited Paris, where his friendship with Róbert Berény took off. His studio in Budapest then became a gathering point, the place where the "Seeker's Society", which went known by the name of "The Eight", came into being from a core group that had formed in the villa of Károly Kernstok in Nyergesújfalu. He discharged his military service between 1912 and 1918, and taught in the artist colony of Balatonfüred during the time of the Hungarian Soviet Republic. He became a member of the Munkácsy Guild in 1928. In 1931 he opened his private school, the Atelier, in Budapest. Its teachers, who kept a close watch on European trends, taught advertising draughtsmanship and design in a variety of branches of the applied arts. His books summarising his artistic principles were published in Australia, where he emigrated to in 1939.
Bibliography: Desiderius Orban: A Layman's Guide to Creative Art, Sydney, Edwards & Shaw, 1957. o Desiderius Orban: Understanding Art, Sydney, Ure Smith, 1968. o Desiderius Orban: What Is Art All About?, Sydney, Hicks Smith & Sons, 1975. o Passuth, Krisztina: Orbán Dezső, (A Művészet Kiskönyvtára, 109), Budapest, Corvina, 1977. o Gil Docking: Desiderius Orban. His Life and Art, Methuen Australia, 1983.
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