Publishing date: 04. 05. 2012 | Category: PAST

Francisco PEREZ & SZÁNTÓ István

Exhibition opening: Friday, the 4th of May 2012 at 19.00 in Lendava’s Castle.
The exhibition will be open until the 1st of June 2012.


Gallery-Museum Lendava cordially invites you to the opening of the Exhibition of Artworks by Francisco PEREZ & István SZÁNTÓ on Friday, the 4th of May 2012 at 19.00 in Lendava’s Castle.

The Exhibition will be opened by arthistorian Bianca Iványi.

The exhibition will continue until the 1st of June 2012.


Artistic series of István Szántó from Hungary interweave and intertwine in a giant joint thematic and design world, and the same is true for his latest, artistically superb figures. In his mixed-technique creations, he uses old Hungarian motives and transforms into them in order to reinvent and revive his personal identity and at the same time the identity of the community. In the recent years, he has been painting and even producing »gingerbread figures«, starting with colourful, playful mixing of similar details on large-scale works of art and then moving on to more and more striking animal figures and images of horses and knights. The compositions he experiments with are then baked in gingerbread. The cakes are later coloured and molded on canvas into a giant cake, thus making the playful gingerbread pieces into heroic, three-dimensional and rich-in-colour or lately also simplified, monochromatic artistic surfaces and dynamic Baroque compositions. In his Neo-Popart, inspired by the joint treasury of pre-forms of naive folk-art, this intellectual world full of phantasy creatures interweaves with mental and philosophical content, all related to folk (primarily western) beliefs, such as can be seen in his series on the ape king. Similarly to the series of legends or fairytales of the ape king, Szántó’s paintings represent stations of this journey. It is the journey of a search for ourselves, our own origins, facilitated by the artist through the use of known motifs from his specific bestiary. His creations convey the characteristic figures, phantasy and narrative, irony and search for their cultural identity by means of folk art. Recently he has created art that was almost abstract, full of surreal elements, on which he experiments with techniques, such as for example the paintings and reliefs with big cuts of paper, similar to friezes. He portrays many motifs on them, from the culture of the time of migration of peoples to Avar, Scythian and Old-Hungarian and later Hungarian motifs. The latter also include motifs from earlier periods (decoration of the bag fronts, belt buckles, symbolism, ornaments), but portrayed in a fresh way and thus placed in modern spirituality and treasury of forms.

The monumental works of Francisco Perez “Totem” from Chile convey an intertwined system of ancient symbols, revival of Classical and Neo-Avantgarde traditions, mixing of Surreal, Dadaist, Expressionist, Tashist and similar elements inspired by Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Juan Gris and Spanish or Catalan renowned painters of the 20th century, which the artist has transformed through his specific, subjective approach. It represents layers of two different, superficial and deep cultural identities, in spiritual as well as in technical sense, both horizontally and vertically (how the latter can be understood will be touched upon later). This visual journey needs to be imagined on the axis South America-West Europe as the artist currently lives in Berlin, yet also on the basis of his experiences from Lendava, this axis is supplemented or integrated by intense, current eastern European impressions. Francisco Perez paints suggestive paintings of huge dimensions, powerful, sometimes exciting and mysterious and at the same time playful with his grotesque figures, dreamlike scenes, visual and poetic effects, evoking their own fantasy world of collective childlike self. His name Totem is an additional proof of that and Perez is well known by it within the contemporary art scene in Berlin. His artistic world – totem pillar on the rise – is very diverse. Alongside his characteristic large-scale paintings he also creates installations, lighting objects, sculptures and murals, all made of reusable materials. His work is continuous, a constant automatic inner journey through which he projects the stunning figures of his imaginary world full of unexpected twists, wild colours representing his own moods in every painting in his whole body and spiritual essence, directly or indirectly decanting into one with the painting and the environment and thus suggestively influencing each one of us.

Bianca Iványi, art historian
(English translation: Sandra Vida)



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