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László Retek

László Retek



I was born September 10th, 1967 in Serbia (then Yugoslavia) as a member of the Hungarian mi-nority in the multiethnic region of Vojvodina. I have been educating myself in the field of fine arts in a self-taught way since 1988.

Artistic Statement
From the beginning to the present, my creative activity, as it used to be, has gone through sev-eral phases. For some time now, I have chosen one of the forms of gesture painting as my main artistic means of self-expression, in which I have found creative freedom and routine, and within that, writing is interested in text and the word as a visual sign. For me, painting is an experi-ment, a challenge, a freedom, a suffering at the same time, driven by curiosity. Depending on my mood, at the time the work is completed, hidden or not hidden words and phrases and calli-graphic lines, gestures, brushstrokes that mimic them together become my personal writing. I try to incorporate my temper, my outbursts of mood into these images where the main focus is on vigorous brushstrokes. I’m trying to create something new, or something old that in a form like the one I paint hasn’t been seen before.
There are three things that characterize my work. The first is the use of handwriting, which is one of the means of communication of humanity and which defines our personality, which for me provides a structural basis. The second is the use of perforated sheets as metal waste for recy-cling and expression, and the third is the reflection of the surfaces of these sheets as a new sur-face effect, an exit into space. These three things in my work are between the duality of geome-try forms, which is order, and gesture, which is chaos, in eternal rotation, like the human soul and the universe.
Most of the time I think and create in series. When making a series, I am usually characterized by years of retired studio work, which is the basis for a calm and balanced work.


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