Geza Ricz is an Eastern European artist who grew up on the boarder of the Balkans and the European Union. His works are mainly defined by the concept of periphery regarding of his natural born affection to the suburbs and abandoned places and the years he spent as a street artist.

The interest to the Eastern European dilapidation and early childhood memories from the war-torn Yugoslavia makes him sensitive to the political and social issues and significantly determines his imagery. Many of his works studies the struggle of the built and the natural environment, the process of urban decay due to political and cultural changes.

His current works rooted in the mood of nostalgia and melancholy are based on fragments of memories.

Ricz's preferred colour scale is close to monochrome, a combination of black and grey shades with hints of colour details what gives a unique atmosphere to his paintings.



BIOGRAPHY:

Born in 1980 in Subotica (former Yugoslavia) in a Hungarian family. In 1994 his family moved to Hungary. Currently lives in Salzburg (Austria) where he works as Art Director.

Graduated in 2011 from University of Szeged (Hungary), with a Bachelor in arts degree. In 2013 with Master degree in Faculty of humanities of the same institute.

During his university years he founded the subcultural and contemporary art association called SUB-ART. Also participated in the organization of exhibitions and cultural events such as Tér-Art open air exhibition series, Voice of the streets festival, Street and fine art exhibitions.

As one of the pioneers of graffiti and street art in Ex-Yugoslavia and Southern Hungary between 1995-2005 he left behind street art works in several cities across Europe. At the same period he travelled around the Balkans and gained inspiration for his early works.

Ricz is active as graphic designer as well. He worked for clients like Red Bull, Burn, Leica, Telenor or Suzuki. His illustrations has been published in many magazines (e.g. The Red Bulletin, Symposion, Offline Magazine, K-art-on, Magyar Szó, Atelier).

Member of CTR-V art group, Random art group, and the Salzburger Kunstverein.

Selected group exhibitions

2017

-Arte Laguna finalist exhibition -Arsenale, Venice(IT)

-Alchemic body - Laura Haber Gallery, Buenos Aires(ARG)

-Stephan Jäger International Art Symposium Jubileum Exhibition - Calpe Gallery Timișoara(RO)

2015

-Here and Now -Kunsthalle, Budapest(HU)

-Comics in Subotica -Contemporary Gallery Subotica, Subotica(SRB)

-The city of baths/CTR-V art group -Klein House, Subotica(SRB)

2014

-Other City -Klauzál 13 Gallery , Budapest(HU)

-TAKT -IX-XI Gallery, Budapest(HU)

-CTRL-V art group -Magyar Műhely Gallery, Budapest(HU) 

2013

-Enter Festival -REÖK-Regional Art Center , Szeged(HU)

-The World from Temerin -Pepper Art Gallery, Budapest(HU)

2012

-Best of TAKT -Contemporary Gallery Subotica, Subotica(SRB)

-Panel Painting Biennale -REÖK-Regional Art Center, Szeged(HU)

2011

-Summer Exhibition -REÖK-Regional Art Center , Szeged(HU)

2009

-No Pass-Biennalé -House of Hungarian Fine Artists, Budapest(HU)

-OMDK -Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest(HU)

2007

-OMDK -University of Pécs Department of Fine Arts, Pécs(HU)

2006

-1956 memorial year billboard exhibition -Danube riverside, Budapest(HU)

2004

-Urban Art, Josephine Avenue, London(UK)

-Voice of the street -Kultiplex, Budapest(HU)

Selected solo shows

2015

-Gallery of the Academic Comittee, Szeged(HU)

2014

-Periféria - City Museum, Kecel(HU)

2012

-Belvárosi Kamara Gallery, Szeged(HU)

-A Szoba, Pécs(HU)

2009

-Belvárosi Kamara Gallery, Szeged(HU)

-Basch house, Subotica(SRB)

Art Fairs

2017

-UPCOMING (October 2017) -Solo booth - Stroke Art Fair, Munich(DE)

-UPCOMING (September 2017) -Solo booth -The Other Art Fair, Arnolfini Centre For Contemporary Arts, Bristol(UK)

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