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Csáki, Róbert

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Róbert Csáki was born on January 13th, 1964 in Budapest. He attended the school for applied arts until 1983. Three years later he was accepted to the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, where he started out as a graphical arts major and finished his studies as a painter. His teachers were Gábor Dienes, who had a major influence on Csáki, and Tamás Felsman. After having finished his studies in 1990, he participated in a masterclass until 1993. For a short period he worked as a teaching assistant at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts. In 1996 he made an educational trip with the painter Gábor Nagy to the Netherlands, where he often returned later. Csáki mainly uses oilpainting in his works, but also creates graphics and sculptures at times. His early works were already characterized by a very unique world of colors and shapes, and a special way of using the paintbrush.
Róbert Csáki’s paintings reflect that despite our efforts, we are far from being perfect. His imagery pushes the limits not only in the moral sense of the viewer's personal identity, but also in the broader sense of living environment and surroundings. In Csáki’s paintings reality is combined with the surreal, the unnatural; the clearly visible is mixed with the apparent. This inherently grotesque world is filled with distorted faces, bizarre and blurred figures, utopistic cities and otherwordly landscapes. In Csáki's creatures hover around the houses that seem to bend onto one another, while  forms and figures nearly disappear in the fog.
 
In this complex, multilayered world there are no fixed boundaries, everything is fantastical. Real faces disappear, things lose their original properties, beauty becomes ugly, while ugliness is disguised and appears as beauty. Csáki's vulnerable protagonist becomes a lonely outcast living in their own shell, surrounded by an unfriendly world. They retreat into their inner world as a way of self defense. Csáki's protagonists challange the viewer's preconcieved prejudices and views connected to specific concepts - such as beauty and uglyness - with surprising grotesqueness. 
 
Year Biograpy
   
23389 He was born in Budapest
1986-1990 Hungarian College of Fine Arts
1990-1993 Master Training, Hungarian College of Fine Arts
1995 assistant lecturer, Hungarian College of Fine Arts
   
  His professor: Gábor Dienes
   
  Awards
   
1999 Autumn Exhibition of Vásárhely award
1998 Strabag-award
1995 National Cultural Fund prize
  42. Autumn Exhibition of Vásárhely award
1994 41. Autumn Exhibition of Vásárhely award
1992 39. Autumn Exhibition of Vásárhely award
1991 ELIA competition special prize
  38. Autumn Exhibition of Vásárhely' special prize
  Lipót Herman-award
1990 The 'Water' competition prize
   
  Exhibitions
   
2008 Társalgó Gallery, Budapest
2007 Forrás Gallery, Budapest
2002 Secco Gallery, Budapest
2001 Társalgó Gallery, Budapest
2000 Illárium Gallery, Budapest
  Csongrád Gallery, Csongrád
1998 Illárium Gallery, Budapest
1996 Leiden
  Hague
  Loburg
  Amsterdam
1993 Duisburg
1992 Atrium Hyatt Hotel, Budapest
  Paris
1991 Csongrád
1990 Hungarian College of Fine Arts, Budapest
   
  Works in public collection
   
  János Tornyai Museum, Hódmezővásárhely
  Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest.
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