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attila mata portfolio 2017


Attila Mata e-mail: artist.mata@gmail.com


ARTIST STATEMENT What is my philosophy of art? • You should always choose the path you are afraid of taking. • If you get bored with making something, don’t continue. Throw it away. • In art, duty is a deserted land. • When making an artwork, use your knowledge and leave your emotions behind. • Criticism is worth considering wherever it comes from. • There is no good or bad criticism, only the critic can be good or bad. • The less you try to meet the others’ expectations the bigger influence you can have on your environment. New themes and ideas usually come to my mind as I wake up, when I’m still half asleep. I quickly make sketches of them before they fade away. After a while, I select some of these drawings and begin making a plaster model of the scuplture. Use a great variety of materials, such as bronze, stainless steel, acrystal, wood, and paint, and I like combining and contrasting them. But I decide the actual material, technique and size of the work only after the plaster model is ready. As a sculptor, I’m interested in many different kinds of themes. Some are ancient, such as sex(uality), death, god, the human figure, the head etc., that are depicted by my work in an unusual way. The characteristic parts of the human body – the hand, head, leg, eyes – are not present in their true-to-life anatomical structure, but are reduced to geometric forms and reorganized as geometric structures. I am also attracted to the extreme. If my theme is a god, it must be the goddess Shiva with her many arms or Golem with his brutal energy. I also find some modern themes quite challenging and excitng: outer and inner forms, i.e. that which can be seen from the outside and the inside of a form, how to use color - paint - on sculpture, the structure of the material and its effect on form, the outer as well as inner side of a surface on a sculpture, design, combining two kinds of materials on the same artwork. I enjoy experimenting. Why do I create sculptures? Because it’s The Viewer who really matters to me. He/She is the most important. In fact, without The Viewer sculptures do not exist. That is to say, by looking at the actual sculpture each individual creates his/her artwork in his/her imagination bringing it into existence. As a matter of fact, everybody takes something a little different from the same sculpture and creates another artwork by using his/her own creativity, feelings, memories and experiences. My goal is to catch The Viewer’s attention and to inspire thought. I would like to invite The Viewer to see my sculpture and to take part in the creation of the artwork using his/her imagination.


CONTENTS WHITE AND METAL

6-7

WOMAN WITH BENT SHAPES

8-9

GENESIS

10-11

PAINTER

12-13

SMALL FEMALE TORSO

14-15

HEAD

16-17

HI GHERY

18-19

LOVE

20-21

MERMAID

22-23

FEMALE TORSO

24-25

NIGHT

26-27

COLLECTOR

28-29

DAY

30-31

COLORFUL HEAD

32-33

PICASSO HEAD

34-35

CHAOS

36-37

MAN

38-39

WOMAN WITH HAT

40-41

PIGLET

42-43

TRIANGULAR HEAD

44-45

FEMALE GEOMETRY

46-47

EXTERNAL-INTERNAL FORMS

48-49

FEMALE FIGURE WITH ANATOMICAL INDICATIONS

50-51

GOLEM

52-53

BIOGRAPHY 54-55 EXHIBITIONS / SOLO EXHIBITIONS

56-57


WHITE AND METAL acrystal, stainless steel sheet 37.5×20×17 inch

6


WOMAN WITH BENT SHAPES stainless steel sheet 48×27.5×21 inch

8


GENESIS acrystal, stainless steel sheet 41×25×16.5 inch

10


PAINTER aluminum, stainless steel sheet 30×24.5×18.5 inch

12


SMALL FEMALE TORSO stainless steel, bronze 10×8×5 inch

14


HEAD painted wood, bronze 10×7×6 inch

16


HI GEHRY painted stainless steel 10×7×6 inch

18


LOVE bronze 23×13×8 inch

20


MERMAID bronze 17×16×9 inch

22


FEMALE TORSO bronze, stainless steel 18×10×10.5 inch

24


NIGHT painted bronze 12×19.5×5.5 inch


COLLECTOR painted bronze 16×9×5 inch

28


DAY painted bronze 11Ă—17Ă—7 inch


COLORFUL HEAD painted stainless steel 10.5×10×8 inch

32


PICASSO HEAD painted bronze, painted wood 30×28×22 inch

34


CHAOS bronze 35×26×20 inch

36


MAN bronze 43×23×16 inch

38


WOMAN WITH HAT aluminum 35×14×12 inch

40


PIGLET stainless steel 17×7×7 inch

42


TRIANGULAR HEAD stainless steel sheet 35×15×14.5 inch

44


FEMALE GEOMETRY stainless steel 26×8×9 inch

46


EXTERNAL-INTERNAL FORMS aluminum 21×11×9 inch

48


FEMALE FORM WITH ANATOMICAL INDICATIONS bronze 59×17×11 inch

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GOLEM bronze 37×22×12 inch

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Biography

06/02/1953

Born in Eger

1977-1983

Studied at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, his master: Tamás Vígh

1981

Member of the Hungarian People’s Republic Fine Arts Foundation 1986 Member of the Young Artists Studio 1988 Member of the Artists Association

Attila Mata

e-mail: artist.mata@gmail.com

1993-1994

Secretary of the Sculpture Section, Artists Association

1995-1997

President of the Hungarian Sculpture Society

2006

One of the foundation members of the Morph Group

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Awards and Scholarships 1986-1989 Derkovits Scholarship 1987 Derkovits Award 1987 First prize, 10th National Small Sculpture Biennial, Pécs (H) 1992 Munkácsy Prize 1993 Third prize, 13th National Small Sculpture Biennial, Pécs (H) 2009 HUNGART Scholarship

Works in Public Collections Sphinx (1985) King St. Stephen Museum, Székesfehérvár (H) Acrobat (1985) Modern Art Gallery, Pécs (H) Mr Artist (1985) Janus Pannonius Museum, Pécs (H) Passport (1986) Neue Galerie-Sammlung Ludwig, Aachen (D) Desire (1987) Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest (H) Tower-Nosed (1987) Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest (H) Heilig (1988) Edwin Scharf Museum, Neu-Ulm (D) Langer Kopf (1988) Neue Galerie-Sammlung Ludwig, Aachen (D) Alchemist (1992) Edwin Scharf Museum, Neu-Ulm (D) Double Figure (1994) Edwin Scharf Museum, Neu-Ulm (D) Double Figure (1996) Data System, Ettlingen (D)

Works in Private Collections Vass Collection, Budapest (H) Manfred Lindinger Collection, Wörth (D) Körmendi-Csák Collection, Budapest (H) Deschler Collection, Ulm (D) Szecskai Collection, Budapest (H)

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Exhibitions 1985 ’40 Creative Years’, Hall of Art, Budapest (H) 1987 ’Zeitgenössische bildende Kunst aus Ungarn’, Galerie der Künstler, München (D) 1987 10th Small Sculpture Biennial, Pécs (H) 1988 ’Junge Künstler aus der DDR und Ungarn’, Rostock (D) 1988 Studio Exhibition, Ernst Museum, Budapest (H) 1989 ’Kunst heute in Ungarn’, Neue Galerie-Sammlung Ludwig, Aachen (D) 1990 ’Art of the 80s’, Ernst Museum, Budapest (H) 1992 ’Acht Ungarn’, Neue Galerie, Graz (A) 1994 Small Sculpture Exhibition, Vigadó Gallery, Budapest (H) 1997 ’Woman’, Vigadó Gallery, Budapest (H) 1998 ’Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Ost- und Südosteuropa’, Stadthaus, Ulm (D) 1999 Hungarian-American Exhibition, Budapest Gallery, Budapest (H) 2000 ’With Art into the New Millennium’, contemporary sculpture exhibition, City Park, Budapest (H) 2001 American-Hungarian Exhibition, Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia (USA) 2004 Salon d’Automne, Paris (F) 2005 Salon d’Automne, Paris (F) 2005 ’Grounds for Sculptures’, Hamilton, New Jersey (USA) 2006 ’The Road 1956-2006’, Hall of Art, Budapest (H) 2007 ’Ungarisches Accent’, exhibition of the Morph Group, Hungarian Embassy, Berlin (D) 2007 Exhibition of the Morph Group, Collegium Hungaricum, Vienna (A) 2008 ’A Selection from the Contemporary Collection of the Hungarian National Gallery’, Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest (H) 2009 Day of Painting, Zikkurat Gallery, Budapest (H) 2009 ’New Works in the KOGART Contemporary Collection’, Budapest (H) 2010 Exhibition of the Morph Group, REÖK (Regional Arts Center), Szeged (H) 2011 Exhibition of the Morph Group, Contemporary Art Centre, Moscow (RUS) 2011 ’Without Borders’, Contemporary Croatian Sculpture + Hungarian Reflections, Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest (H) 2015 Quadriannale Modern Art Gallery, Pécs (H) 2015 Hall of Art - Budapest (H) 2016 Modern Art Gallery, Veszprém (H) 2016 6th Beijing International Art Biennale (China) 2017 Summer Exhibition, REÖK (Regional Arts Center), Szeged (H)

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Solo Exhibitions 1986 Újpest Gallery, Budapest (H) 1986 Óbuda Cellar Gallery, Budapest (H) 1989 Ulmisches Theater, Ulm (D) 1989 Cellar Gallery, Pécs (H) 1991 Künster Bahnhof Galerie, Darmstadt (D) 1992 Duna Gallery with Attila Orbán, Budapest (H) 1994 Hall of Art, Budapest (H) 1997 Vigadó Gallery, Budapest (H) 2001 Tower Gallery, Budapest (H) 2001 Art’otel, Budapest (H) 2002 Vadnai Gallery, Budapest (H) 2006 Grand Hotel, Budapest (H) 2006 Erdős Renée House, Budapest (H) 2006 Skoda Éva Gallery with El Kazovszkij, Budapest (H) 2006 Ráday Gallery, Budapest (H) 2007 Mono Gallery, Budapest (H) 2007 Vienna Art Fair, Wien (A) 2008 Bartók 32. Gallery, Budapest (H) 2009 Art Salon, Budapest (H) 2009 Galleria U, Helsinki (FIN) 2009 Hungarian Institute, Tallin (ES) 2010 National Theatre, Zikkurat Gallery, Budapest (H) 2010 G13 Gallery with Judit Rabóczky, Budapest (H) 2010 Community Centre with Márk Lelkes, Biatorbágy (H) 2011 Mono Gallery, Budapest (H) 2012 Hungart Ulof Palme House, Budapest (H) 2013 Volta, Basel (CH) 2014 Ferencvárosi Cellar Gallery,Budapest (H)

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attila mata portfolio 2017

attila mata sculptor portfolio 2017  

As a sculptor, I’m interested in many different kinds of themes. Some are ancient, such as sex(uality), death, god, the human figure, the he...

attila mata sculptor portfolio 2017  

As a sculptor, I’m interested in many different kinds of themes. Some are ancient, such as sex(uality), death, god, the human figure, the he...

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