The line between humor and pity is thin. It is the humor, and at times the ridiculous, that inspires, and surfaces in my work, which depicts an obscenely drawn-out fleeting moment.
Themes are revolving around the choices that I see people make; the substance emerges from internal peace or disarray to utter indifference and self-absorption. The imagery is not shy of the grotesque or satirical exaggerations.
The scenes are erected from memory, imagination, idealization and illusion. In my process, I rely on the organic dialogue between the paint as the matter and the instinct as the guiding force. Abstractions in the details are responsible for the painting’s vibrant presence. Colors, shapes, features and gestures are rather symbolic elements, mere references to give familiar clues to tell my story. This common visual-vocabulary in the subconscious leads the viewer to interpret my work as immediate and personally relevant.
Zsófia was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary where she received her formal studio training at Studio '91 lead by Rita Kopek in Budapest. In 1994, an art scholarship brought her to the United States to earn her BA degree in Art and Theater. During that time, she studied fiber art at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago; as a child, she learned tapestry weaving from her Mother, which is the basis of her relationship to and understanding of color, and its unique use in her work.
She directed her focus to painting in 1999, ever since than she has been actively participating in the Chicago art world, her works have been exhibited in the United States, Hungary and Italy.
- Illinois Artisans’ Program, Featured artist, Thompson Center, Chicago, IL 2009, 2006
- Chicago Artists’ Month‘s Featured Artist, Chicago, IL 2008
- Community Arts Assistance Program Grant, Cultural Affairs of the City of Chicago, IL 2005, 2006, 2008
- Around the Coyote Arts Festival, Curator’s Choice, Chicago, IL 2005
- Award of Excellence, Skokie Art Fair, Skokie, IL 2001
- “Les Regardes des Jeunnes sur la Revolution Francais”, Centre Pompidue, Paris, France 1989