József Ferkovics was born on 17th april, 1961, in Letenye, Zala County. His parents having been divorced, he grew up in an orphanage. From his early years, he used to draw everything he saw or experienced. His schoolteachers noticed his talent and sent him to several competitions. In 1974 he won the second prize at an international children’s drawing competition in Japan. In spite of this, he was sent to Komló to become a miner. At the same time, in a secondary school of Fine And Applied Arts in Pécs, graphic artist, János Horváth polished his talent. (he encountered his parents when he was 18 years old – that was his first encounter with the gypsy culture.)
In 1982 he moved to Budapest, and became the private student of artist painters, László Pajzs and Ernő Fóti at the college of Fine and Applied Arts. During this time, he got married, and after three years he had to quit the college. For some time he worked as a miner. In 1989 he and his wife moved to Nagykanizsa. Ferkovits was longing for creative work. For years he was teaching, directing a training circle, and prepared children for competitions. Meanwhile he obtained a diploma in graphic art.
At present, he lives in Budapest again. He participated in numerous thematic and collective exhibitions. in 2000 he presented his works of art at the 3rd national exhibition of Roma artists. In 2007 he exhibited at the Csók István gallery of Székesfehérvár (conjunction) and at the Budapest National Gallery (the coloured dreams of remembrance). In 2003 he was asked by the Roma journal, Amaro Drom to create a graphic series on the holocaust, which became famous very soon. It was exhibited in the Holocaust Memorial Centre several times. His favourite themes are people, poverty and nature. He paints in various styles, nonetheless, he has a particular style of expression, which characterizes only him.