Contemporary art of Otto Szabo

Otto Szabó

About the works of the graphic artist – painter

 

Artist Ottó Szabó is dealing with creative work, sacral and monumental painting, sculpting, interior and exterior designing, classical and computer graphic, book illustration, typography and and preparation for printing- press, art and cultural management and he is tutoring new talents.  

He was born on 29th of March 1965, in Rožňava. Currently he lives with his family in Hosťovce in Slovakia. 

Otto Szabó finished his secondary-school education in Moldava nad Bodvou in 1983. Between the years 1988 and 1994 he studied at the University of Fine Arts in Bratislava at the Department of Graphic Arts, where he received his master degree in Fine Arts.

Since 1989 he has been publishing his drawings and illustrations in the Slovakian and Hungarian press. Many graphical reports and interviews have been appeared about his creative work and personality. Since 1990 he has been actively taking part in the national artistic scene and his works regularly appear in individual or group exhibitions.

In the year 2003, on the occasion of the Festive Week of Books in Budapest, his book with the title STÁCIÓK / ŠTÁCIE  was published by the publisher Méry Ratio, in which the preface is written by a significant personality of the Hungarian fine art, Jankovics Marcell. The book is presenting and describing the successful pictures of the the Way of the Cross in Orechová Potôň. 

Otto Szabó is dealing with book illustrations too: he has illustrated a few books of several publishers like the Méry Ratio, AB-Art, Lilium Aurum, Kalligram, Madách and his paintings and illustrations often appear in the national and international press. In the year 2003 he received the prize of the Association of Hungarian Visual Artists in Slovakia for his activity. 

In 2004 he was awarded by the prize of the Group of Slovakian Hungarian Artists, of which he has been a member since 1994.

In 2005 Otto Szabó was one of the initiators for establishing the first Upland art portal, the three-language Rovart (www.rovart.sk), and he became its artistic leader and publisher.

For his activities he recieved the prize of Pro Cultura Hungarica in 2010. 

In 2012 he established the National Rovas Creative Community (eNRA).  

At present he teaches at the Secondary-school of Applied Arts in Košice, where he is the head of the Graphic Department. In 2014 he became the founder of the artistic group ROVÁS and of the Löffler Independent Academy, which is dealing with contemporary artistic initiations and exhibition organizations. This artistic group is involved in organizing international, national and regional workshops in visual and applied arts, craftsman and cultural workshops, art camps, various curses for talent development, symposiums, festivals, alternative and experimental theater and it also offers education in traditional and alternative art technologies.

 

SACRAL AND MONUMENTAL WORKS 

 

2014 – Church in Vinica - design of the interior

2013 – Statue of the Patrona Hungariae in front of the Church in Rešica (sandstone)

2013 – Monument in the cemetery in Drienovec

2013 – Statue of Sára Salkaházy for the St. Elizabeth Church in Košice

     2012 – Design of the interior of the Queen of Rosary Church in Rešice, 14 oil paintings  (The Way of the Cross)

2012 – Interior design of the church in Veľké Turovce

2011 – Design of the interior of the castle chaple in Vígľaš

2010 – Design of the interior of the Church in Reste

2010 – Implementation of the sacral spaces and sacristy of the Church in Moldava

2009 – Wallmosaic, The Hungarian Embassy, Bratislava

2007 – Debr, Saint Louis, spacegraphic from steel rodes and wires

2003 – 2004 –Spacegraphic – a composition of wires. 

(2003 – Lučenec, Salgótarján; 2004 – Komárom: Limes )

2003 – St. Louis – oil painting, Church in Moldava nad Bodvou

2002 – Commemorative tablet of József Kármán made from marble, Lučenec, Primary        School of J. Kármán. 

2001 – The way of the Cross – 14 oil paintings, church in Moldava nad Bodvou. 

2000 – The way of the Cross – 14 oil paintings, church in Budulov.

2000 – St. Stephan, oil painting on wood, Church of Jasov

1999 – Via Lucis – 13 stone obelisks, Moldava nad Bodvou, church garden.

1998 – The way of the Cross – oil paintings, Church in Orochová Potôň.

1996–  Martyrs of Košice, bronze relief. Košice, Main Street

1995 – Altar-picture in Chlmec, 4,50 x 3 m glasspainting 

 

INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIhONS 

 

2015 – Town Gallery Rožňava. 2015 – Lučenec, Szabo Gallery. 2015 – Town Gallery Moldava

2014 – Košice, Gallery of the Eastern-Slovakian Museum - 2014 – Strassbourg, EU  Parlament

2013 – Rožňava, BM Gallery, 2013 – Komárno, Limes Galéria. 2013 – Pápa, Református Gimnázium

2012 – Levice, Reviczky Gallery, 2012. Kafé Galerie, Medzev

2011 – Löffler Gallery, Košice. 2011 –  House of Entrepreneurs, Moldava nad Bodvou. 

2010  ̶  University of Konštantín, Nitra. 2010  ̶   House of Arts, Miskolc. 

2009  ̶  Umelecká beseda, Bratislava

2007 – Rimavská Sobota, Ganevia Gallery. 2007 Town Gallery in Fiľakovo. 2007 A Cultural Institute of Hungary, Bratislava. 2007 – Zemianska Olča. 2007 – Kolárovo.

2006 – Partium Christian University, Oradea, Romania. 2006 House of Entrepreneurs, Moldava nad Bodvou. 2006 Katona J. Gallery, Búč

2005 –Museum of Slovakian Hungarian Culture, Bratislava. 2005 – Ružinov Cultural Centrum, Bratislava. 2005 – Gallery of Banícke Múzeum, Rožňava

2004 – Csallóközi Museum, Dunajská Streda. 2004 – Jókai Theatre, Komárno. 2004 – Limes Gallery, Komárno. 

2003 – Thália Theatre, Košice. 2003 – Nógrádi Gallery (three-dimensional graphic), Lučenec

2002 – Nádor Gallery, Budapest. 

2001 – MKKI, Warsaw. 

2000 – MKKI, Prague. 

1999 – Rovás Town Gallery, Moldava nad Bodvou. 1999 – Town Gallery, Rožňava

1998 – Lilla Gallery, Chotín. 1998 – Contemporary Hungarian Gallery in Dunajská Streda. 

1997 – Fekete Lyuk (Black Hole), Komárno.  

1996 – MKKI, Bratislava. 

1995 – Thália Theatre, Košice. 

1994 – Premontrei Friary, Košice. 1994 – Zichy Palace, Bratislava 

1993 – Madách Bookstore, Bratislava. 1993 –  Ardan Gallery, Bratislava. 

 

Group EXHIBITIONS

 

2014 – eNRA, Rovás- Gallery, Košice. 2013 – eNRA, Rožňava, 2013 – eNRA

2013 – eNRA, Rovás Gallery, Košice. 2013 – eNRA, Rožňava, 2013 – eNRA, Komárno

2010 – Kasárne/ Kulturpark, Košice. 2010

2009 – Border, Bánréve. 2009 – Rovás exhibition, Gallery of the Slovak Art union, Bratislava. 2009 - Rovás exhibition, Limes Gallery, Komárno. 2009 - Rovás kiállítás,. Castle museum in Fiľakovo

2008 - SzMKT, KMG, Dunajská Streda. 2008 - Gallery Rotunda,  Košice

2007 - Umelecká beseda, Bratislava. 2007 - Moon Rider, Košice. 2007- Meteorit Festival, Kolárovo. 2005 – Plenér, Banícke Múzeum, Rožňava. 2005 – Limes Gallery, Komárno. 2005 –Polský inštitút, Bratislava. 2005 – Rožňava, Gallery of Banícke Múzeum; Plenér. 2005 – Spiš-art, Košice, Rotunda; Rožňava , Rákóczi Magyar Ház; Poprad, Town Gallery. 2005 – Komárno, Jókai Theatre: „Hommage à József Attila. 2004 –   Dunajská Streda, KMG. 2004 – Dunajská Streda, Artist Colony. 2003 – Egy híján tíz..., Lučenec. 2002 – Egy híján tíz...,Košice . Moldava nad Bodvou. 2001 – Illustrated book, DS. 2002 – Hommage à Gyula Szabó, Nógrádi Gallery, Lučenec. 2000 – Together to the 3. millennium...– exhibition of nationality artists nemzetiségi képzőművészek kiállítása –East-Slovakian Gallery, Košice. 2000 – Illustrated book, DS. 1999 – Our Picture... 1999 – ROVÁS V. – Rovás Town Gallery, Moldava nad Bodvou. 1998 – Illustrated book, DS. 1998 – ROVÁS VI. – Moldava nad Bodvou. 1997 – Other reality... MKKI, Bratislava. 1996 - MVSZ-székház, Budapest. 1996 – Illustrated book – Dunajská Streda. 1996 – ROVÁS III. – Thália Theatre, Košice 1995 – ROVÁS II. – Prem. Friary, Košice. 1994 – Goethe institut, Bratislava. 1994 – Illustrated book, Dunajská Streda. 1994 – ROVÁS I. – Premontrei Friary, Košice. 1994 – Hall of the Slovak Radio, Bratislava. 1993 – Igor Rumanský and Otto Szabó. Zichy Palace, Bratislava.1992 – Illustrated book, DS. 1992 –Hommage à Gy. Szabó, MKKI, Bratislava.

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INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS

 

2013 – eNRA (Nemzetközi Rovás Alkotóközösség) exhibition Aita Medie (Ro). 2013 – eNRA, MKE Tihanyi Artist Colony in Tihany.

2012 – eNRA exhibition, EME, Budapest. 2012 – eNRA, Baja. 2011 – Fáy-Castle, Fáj. 2012 – eNRA exhibition Aita Medie (Ro). 2012 – eNRA, Albertirsa

2011 – Contemporary Exhibition, Metro Klub, Budapest

2010 - MKKI Prague, Rovás-exhibition, 2010 - Aita Media, Romania. 2010 - Art-Mozaik, Budapest. 2010 - Edelény, Rovás-exhibition. 2010- Open Workshop, Veszprém

2009 - Veszprém. 2009 - Hejce.

2008 - International Artist Colony in Hejce . 2008 - Gallery in Salgótarján, Artist Colony in Cered

2007 - International Artist Colony in Hejce.

2006 - Artist Colony in Cered

2004 – Győr, 2003 – Egy híján tíz..., Salgótarján, J.A. Cultural Centre. 2002 – Meeting of the regions..., Budapest (Szentháromságtér). 2001 – Handshakes..., Kossuth Klub, Budapest. 2001 – Handshakes..., Békéscsaba. 2000 – 4. Painting Biennial, Przemyśl, Poland. 2000 – Together to the third millenium...Przemysl, Lvov, Košice and Debrecen. 1996 – A tribute to the 1100th Anniversary of the Settlement – Budapest. 1993 – International Graphic Biennial, Győr. 1992 – Érd, Cultural Centre.

... (the list is not exhaustive)