Born in 1939 in Budapest, Hungary, Imre Bak graduated from the Department of Painting of the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in 1963. Inspired by geometrical, abstract and colour field paintings, he began to create 3D paintings emphasising the importance of space. This evolved in the early 1970s to conceptual works that explore the meaning of signs and symbols. In the 1980s and 1990s, he began to analyse theories of the postmodern and turned to architectural structures.
Imre Bak’s works have been exhibited in solo shows in Budapest, London and Slovakia, as well as in numerous group shows across Europe and his native Hungary. In 1986 he represented Hungary at the 42nd Venice Biennale. His artworks can be found in the collection of Tate Modern in London, MUMOK in Vienna, the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava, and the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, among others. He lives and works in Budapest.