Daughter of the celebrated Hungarian painter, Lajos
Deák-Ébner, Ilona Deák-Ébner Ellinger was born in
Budapest in 1913. She received her Master's degree
at the Royal Hungarian Art College in 1936. From
1936 to 1938 she studied at the Royal Swedish Art
College in Stockholm. She came to the U. S. In 1942
and studied at the Corcoran School of Art in
Washington, D.C. (1942-43). She received her Ph.D.
in Archeology from Johns Hopkins University in 1946.
From 1943 until 1974 Dr. Ellinger was the Chairman
of the Art Department of Trinity College in Washington
D.C.. She spent a school-year as a Fulbright
Professor in 1963 - 1964 in Lahore, Pakistan at which
time she developed a keen interest in Hindu
mythology and art after visiting India. From 1974 until
1985 she was a professor, and now professor
emeritus at the State University of New York at Stony
She published several papers on oriental art, and
exhibited paintings and graphics on shows in
Washington, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago,
Woods Hole, Stockholm, Gothenburg, and elsewhere.
Her extensive travels took her through Europe, the
Near East, and many East Asian countries. Dr.
Ellinger lives in Stony Brook, NY.