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Takáts, Márton




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Márton Takáts, painter and graphic, was born on the 22nd of June in 1971 in Budapest. Between 1990 and 1995 he attended the Hungarian School of Fine Arts, for graphical arts. From 1995 to1996 he studied at the Hungarian University for Applied Arts, with Róbert König as his teacher.
Takáts's consciousness of tradition is visible in his artworks. His etchings and paintings are done meticulously and with a refined, extremely precise technique, but are still full of wit and irony. In his images full of fantasy, reality and imagination, past, present and future, timelessness and epochs are all intermingled. At the same time, this atmosphere of seriousness is broken by an air of playfulness.
His depictions mostly focus on cityscapes. Budapest and Parisian coffeehouses hold a special status in Takáts's art. The everyday street scenes and underpasses seem to be so imaginary, as if they did not belong to this world.
The artist’s main artwork so far, the series inspired by Piranesi, required more than an decade (1994-2005) of intensive work. His paintings - exhibited in our gallery in 2018 - make the artist's very personal, visionary thoughts about his hometown visible and perceptible to the spectator. He does not only share his opinion about art, but also about our culture and living circumstances. As a wanderer from the past, who is roaming through the ruins of the city, he shows us images, buildings of transience, coffeehouses, or pub enteriors. The figures between the houses are voyagers and wanderers who are still able to perceive the nearly gone memories with astonishment. It becomes obvious that we, in fact, could be any of those figures.
Those who live in or have travelled to Budapest, will easily recognize the sights of the city on Takáts's artworks.
Year Biography
1971 Born in Budapest
1990-1995 Hungarian College of Fine Art, Graphics
1995-1996 Studied at the Hungarian University for Applied Arts
  Teacher: Róbert Kőnig
2010 Roman scholarship
2008 Koller-award
2006 53th Autumn exhibition of Vásárhely, Galyasi Miklós-award
2001 Orbis Pictus, Veszprém city award
1999 The Workshop of Zsennye Partnership's one months long scholarship
  The NKA creative support
  First Prize of the Chain Bridge Tender
  Salon 1999 Espace Eiffel Branly, Paris, III. Prize
1998 A MAOE award at the Autumn exhibition of Hódmezővásárhely
1995 Barcsay-award
1993 Barcsay-award
  Single exhibition
2013 Forrás Gallery, Vörösmarty Theatre, Budapest
2013 Próféta Gallery, Budapest
2012 Tűnő időm nyomában, Forrás Gallery Budapest
2011 Város-néző, Kogart Gallery, Budapest
2011 Images and phases, Kogart Gallery III., Budapest
2010 Forrás Gallery, Budapest
2009 House of Arts, Kőszeg
2008 Kondor Béla Gallery
  Hungarian University of Fine Arts
2007 Budapest Gallery
2006 Hungarian Cultural, Scientific, and Information Centre, Moscow
  Győr City Library
2005 Espace Lucrece, Paris
2002 Studio Drawings Trafik Gallery, Budapest
  Miskolc's Vedutas, Rákóczi-hose, Miskolc and Gallery IX, Budapest
2001 Duna Gallery, Budapes
  New Theater, Budapest;
1999 Mestermű Gallery, Veszprém
  BÁV Cntemporary Gallery, Budapest
1997 Duna Gallery, Budapest
1996 Mestermű Gallery, Veszprém
1995 Sain Peray (FR)
  ART-X Gallery, Budapest
  Selected Group Exhibitions
2009 "Three generations's master graphic artists", Koller Gallery, Budapest
2008 Estampe Européenne Paris, Cité Internationale des Arts
2007 100 Graphics - 100 Contemporary Artist, Hungarian University of Fine Arts
2004 Miskolci-Graphics Biennial
  Autumn Exhibition of Hódmezővásárhelyi
  KOGART Saloon, Budapest
  Exhibition with Bartha Ágnes enamel artist, Espace Lucrčce, Paris
  Aquarelles & Gravures with Anne-Marie Lefranc painter, Fargues
  Salon International de la Gravure, Maison du Bailli, Morhange
  Les Variations Possibles, the Domb Workshop's exhibition
2003 in the Espace Cinko, Paris
  Petits Format Espace Lucrčce, Paris
  Grand Marché d'Art Contemporain, Paris
  Urban Myths and Miracles exhibition with Kiss Attila Etele,
2002 Munkácsy Mihály Museum, Békéscsaba
  Garden, Fióka Art, Budapest
  Small Graphics 2002, Vigadó Gallery, Budapest
  Grand Marché d'Art Contemporain, Paris
2001 100 female breast, Mertz Club, Budapest
  Graveurs du Monde exhibition with István Orosz graphic artist
  Grand Marché d'Art Contemporain
2000 Orbis Pictus, Veszprém
  Exhibition with Pierre Delvincourt graphic artist, Le Mans
  XVIII., XX. National Graphic Biennial, Miskolc
  Grand Marché d'Art Contemporain
1999 Small Graphics 2000, Vigadó Gallery, Budapest
  Salon 1999 Espace Eiffel Branly, Paris
  Grand Marché d'Art Contemporain
  46. Autumn Exhibition of Vásárhely, Tornyai János Museum
1998 Hódmezővásárhely
  45. Autumn Exhibition of Vásárhely, Tornyai János Museum
  Trace 98 Graphic Biennial, Paris
  Grand Marché d'Art Contemporain
  In Memorian Bartha László, Mestermű Gallery, Veszprém
1997 Szombathelyi Képtár
  Drypoint, MGSZ exhibition, Vigadó Gallery, Budapest
  Hungarian Saloon, Műcsarnok
1996 Young Graphics Domb Gallery, Szentendre
  XVIII., XX. National Graphic Biennial, Miskolc
  43.Autumn Exhibition of Vásárhely,Tornyai János Museum
1995 Hódmezővásárhely
1994 Piranéző, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
  International Illustration Exhibition, Bologna
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