Biography

Biography/General: “In most cases, my working method has an intuitive attitude. The first step of this method is to start with an impression; with a colour or with a shape. These impressions take the form of two dimensional compositions. This first step is the first layer of my prints, where I gaze upon the results and draw the conclusions. The second layer in the prints helps to find the direction of the actual work’s mood and character. Throughout this process I need not be afraid of the evolving pieces because there is always the opportunity to change what I made. Then begins the next stage: supplementing my two-dimensional works with sculptures. When I work with clay, I usually use the same thought method as in the two-dimensional compositions. If I work with this material, the shape is always the first step. If I am not satisfied, I can change the momentary feeling with the colour and the glaze.
The ceramics carry the hard shape elements from the prints. The organic forms too, resemble traits of the paintings. The work perception and the habit are the same, and because of that, the works complement each other. Playing with the materials, the permanent form of the artwork is the result of the process.
I draw upon a variety of techniques, which I acquired from my studies in the printmaking department at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts. These techniques include working with oil on canvas, lithography, serigraphy and clay and it is the interaction of these techniques with one another that are present in my work. During the post-factum contemplation, I analyse my work. When I unweave the leading strings of the work, I create new associations and new connections between the pieces. In my opinion, the shapes of the statues summon the used motifs from the prints and paintings and I can integrate the seen shapes of the sculptures to the paintings. I pull out the specific gestures from my lithographs and paintings - brushstrokes with the feeling of the curly bowels, geometrical, hard shaped elements, colour gradients - and I use them in all of my works. These recurrent components determine the visual character of my applied technique.
I think that the atmosphere and the mood of the works can awake in the viewer any inviting and repulsive feeling. This is the border between the full of life prurience and the deadly rot. I find my works interesting if I can balance in this border with them. The colour’s associations offset the floral, vegetal and organic remindful feelings, which are summoned by the shape of the sculpture. My works build up ambivalent aesthetics and consequently, I search for these values in my other pieces.”
Budapest, February 2018

Education: 2011 - 2016 MA Degree at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest, printmaking department
Professor: Andras Lengyel
2014 - 2015 summer semester at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste München, Germany
Professor: Pia Fries

Exhibitions: Selected
2018 Mira Makai and Leona Tobien, Susan Boutwell Gallery, Munich, Germany
2017 Review 2017 and Preview 2018, Susan Boutwell Gallery, Munich, Germany
2017 Real Hungary, Collegium Hungaricum Wien, Austria
2017 Abstract Hungary, Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz, Austria
2017 Graphic Triennal Miskolc- XXVII., Miskolc Gallery, Miskolc, Hungary
2017 II. National Ceramic Quadriennal, Modern Magyar Képtár, Pécs, Hungary
2016 4th Graphic Art Biennal of Szeklerland, MAGMA, Sepsiszentgyörgy, Romania
2016 Glaze and gut, solo with Adam Dallos, Art+Text Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
2016 Mermaids and Color Fields, A38, Budapest, Hungary
2016 Painting in the open air, Schloss Esterhazy, Eisenstadt, Austria
2016 Standing in front of objects, Erika Deak Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
2015 Esterhazy Art Award 2015, Hungarian National Museum, Budapest, Hungary
2015 Mindeközben, Partizan, Budapest, Hungary
2015 Jahresausstellung, Akademie der Bildenden Künste München, Munich, Germany
2014 3rd Graphic Art Biennal of Szeklerland, MAGMA, Sepsiszentgyörgy, Romania
2014 The Idol is falling!, Partizan, PPCenter Budapest, Hungary
2014 Graphic Triennal Miskolc- XXVI., Miskolc Gallery, Miskolc, Hungary

Collections/Commissions: Private and Public Collections, Hungary

Awards/Grants: 2017 II. National Ceramics Quadriennal - creative scolarship
2015 Esterhazy Art Prize
2014 Erasmus Scolarship
2014 Creative Scholarship for the Litograph workshop of Vác

Bibliography: 2017 Catalogue of II. National Ceramics Quadriennal
2017 Catalogue of 4th Graphic Art Biennal of Szeklerland
2017 Catalogue of Graphic Triennal Miskolc, XXVII.
2017 Artmagazin, 2017/I “Mira Birodalma” - Nóra Winkler
2016 Artlocator Magazine Issue No. 2 , 2016, “I don’t want to take the easy way out.”
Zsofia Somogyi
2016 http://artkartell.hu/studio/169-spagetti-story
2014 Catalogue of 3rd Graphic Art Biennal of Szeklerland
2014 Catalogue of Graphic Triennal Miskolc, XXVI