Born in: 1959, Hungary

Lives in: Pécs, Hungary

Media: Painting, Drawing

Describe your work in 3 words: astonishing, "trendless", colourful

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Climate Protest, 2020 - Oil on wood panel 85 x 150 cm

"My works are inspired by nature and social phenomena. My paintings are made in different size and mixed techniques. I ignore actual trends, my paintings create themselves through me, my inner memory."

What themes does your work involve?
Most of my artworks involve natural and social phenomena. I love nature. I spent my childhood in villages surrounded by forests. I often went out seaching for mushrooms or just for wandering. My other hobby is fishing, so water, waterlife is the other main inspiration for me. Social phenomena also make me think a lot about mankind, the rapidly changing world around us and what effect technological development has on people. My experiences and fears are often reflected in my paintings.
Describe your creative process.
I do not work all the time. I need active times for collecting inspiration and calm periods when the experiences turn into pictures in my mind. Then I can start to paint. Some pictures are ready in a short time, some are forming for a few days or months. Quite often I "repaint" my pictures as I find some details to be corrected either in form or colour. I declare a picture finished when I feel it is balanced and integrated, meaning I am satisfied with it. I wouldn't say I work in series, although sometimes there are topics that need to be visualized in more pictures. The titles of the paintings are always born after the work is finished.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I make art because it is an internal coercion to express my thoughts visually. I am inspired by the surrounding world, nature, people, past and future.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
I guess a good art is timeless, and has effect on its audience at any time. It is the same with literature, theatre, music and visual arts, too. A good piece of visual art, painting is made by hand and is formulated through a lot of thinking and incorporates the experiences of the creator.
What is the role of the artist today?
The role of the artist is to create something "functionless", which has an effect on other people. Although I have a degree in law and had to make my and my family's living by working in my own private enterprise I could and would never give up painting. It comes from inside. From time to time I need the canvas the smell of oil paints and the creative procedure of putting my thoughts and feelings on a picture.


This interview was published by Circle Foundation of the Arts. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist