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Artner, Margit




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Graphic artist Margit Artner was born on January 16th of 1954 in Budapest. Between 1968 and 1972, she attended the Secondary School for Fine and Applied Arts. She started her career creating illustrations for books and newspapers. Since 1974 she has been mostly focusing on etchings, which makes up the largest part of her work. Her first individual exhibition took place at the Csepel Gallery in 1982, and many others followed it in Hungary, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Italy and Cyprus.

Her depictions float on the edge of dream and reality. Her meticulously detailed etchings, and the gentle colors she uses to color her graphics in some cases, mirror a calm restraint. In her quiet, meditative, surreal and metaphysical images, interiors, architectural motives and landscapes are combined. Her fragmentary and deeply symbolic arcades, gates, and fences are the pathway to another world. In her natural surroundings, we often see symbols referring to the transcience of time, the cycle of life, and the change between day and night.

The musicians in the garden create an imaginary harmony. The unassuming charm of Renaissance and the accuracy of Dutch paintings have built themselves into her art as a source of inspiration as well as friendly figures of fairy tales, or real and imaginary craftsmen of the middle ages. Her world of fairy tales, dreams, order, and tranquility is often mixed with a certain merry playfulness. 






Year Biography
1954 Born in Budapest
1968-1972    Fine and Applied Arts School
1972 Created illustrations for books (Corvina, Móra publishing)
  and for daily- and weekly newspapers
from 1974 Works on etchings
  Single Exhibitions
2012 Városház Gallery, Budapest
2005 Contemporary Gallery, Debrecen
  EuroClub Gallery, Budapest
2002 Csikihegyek Gallery
2001 Petró Gallery, Nagykanizsa
2000 Rétság
1999 Contemporary Gallery, Budapest
1998 Szirák
1997 Dunakeszi
1996 Kossuth Club, Budapest
  Sándor Márki Museum, Sarkad
  Mecénás Gallery, Zalaegerszeg
  Lutheran Grammar School of Budapest, Budapest
  Club Gallery of Újlipótváros, Budapest
1995 Városi Kiállítóterem, Kalocsa
  Rákóczi Museum, Sárospatak
  Hotel Aquincum, Budapest
  Keve Gallery, Ráckeve
1994 Arte Gallery Sharah, Keszthely
1993 School Gallery, Budapest
1992 Gallery of Dombóvár
1990 Veszprém
1989 Berettyóújfalu
  Castle Inn, Szirák 
1987 Dürer Hall, Budapest
1986 School Gallery, Budapest
  Falusi Gallery, Perbál
1982 Csepel Gallery, Budapest
  Group exhibitions
2009 Koller Gallery, Budapest
2006 National Dance Theatre cloister Gallery, Budapest
1996 Hungarian Illustrations, Hungarian Institute, Berlin
  XVIII. National Graphic Biennial, Miskolci Gallery, Miskolc
  Hungarian-Italian Contemporary Illustration, Vigadó Gallery, Budapest, and
  she participated in solo and group exhibitions in Germany
  in Japan, Sweden, in Italy and Cyprus.
1993 National Fine and Applied Art Trend, Gallery of Kecskemét
1985 XIII. National Graphic Biennial, Gallery of Miskolc
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