Péter Szarka


Venue: acb Gallery
Date: Dec 07 2007 – Jan 26, 2008

Making use of the computer and the Durst Lambda printing technique Szarka creates large-scaled prints that are incredibly rich in detail and have colors of excellent depth. He does not use the 3D software (Poser, Brice) in order to replace the camera, but as possible means or technique of painting. The new series represent themes that belong to the classic genres of painting: various interiors, landscapes with fictional statues, still lives, genre-like installations.   

His work is concerned with the world of design, media, and mass culture and makes use of its visual language. The new series presented in acb is related to his earlier work and in many ways can be considered as a synthesis of them.

Péter Szarka was born in 1964 in Szombathely. Between 1985 and 1989 he was a student of the Academy of Fine Arts where he got also his postgraduate degree as a painter in 1992.
He had been a member of the Újlak Group from 1989 until its breaking up in 1995. Besides taking part in the creation of collective works of art with the other members of the group, he was also working individually and had several single exhibitions in the nineties.  In 1991 he was awarded one of the main prices of Sub Voce- the first Hungarian exhibition of video installation. His works were often connected to the phenomena of the mass media or, more precisely to the subcultures generated by different styles of music.
He had single exhibitions in the Institute of Contemporary Art in Dunaújváros (Hungary), the Műcsarnok/Kunsthalle in Budapest in 2002, and in acb Gallery in 2004. He represented Hungary at the Biennale in Sao Paolo (Brazil) in 2004, at the exhibition entitled EU-Positive in Berlin and at Young Art Europe (in 2005), an exhibition hosted by the Museum of Young Art in Vienna, which presented works of art created by artists that are citizens of EU-member countries. 

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