Ricz's recent paintings are based on the concept of contrast. The contrasts of figurative and abstract, damaged and sterile, visible and hidden provide the essence of the works.

He aims to create harmonious compositions by using contrary sub-elements. This contrast is characteristic of his color scale as well. Nearly monochrome shades are juxtaposed with sharp, bright coloured details. The homogeneous and mostly dark backgrounds give the feeling of a permanent timeless space.

The artist creates layered collages that serve as the base to his oil paintings. This way he is able to mix different painting styles, old photographs, magazine cut-outs and personal memory fragments in order to build up his imagery.

Ricz's works are often permeated by a specific mood which is rooted in the post-communist Eastern European culture where he comes from.


Biography

Geza Ricz was born in 1980 in Subotica (ex Yugoslavia) in a Hungarian family. Currently lives and works in Salzburg, Austria.

Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2011 and with a Master degree in 2013 from the University of Szeged, Hungary.

Ricz works in different creative fields. As art director and designer he has worked for clients like Red Bull, Burn, Leica, Telenor, Audi and Suzuki. His artworks have been featured in international magazines (ArtSlant-Under the radar, The Red Bulletin(AT), Art Maze Mag(UK), A5-Zine(UK), Symposion(SRB), Új Művészet(HU), ÉS(HU), kARTon(SRB).

He is a member of CTR-V art group and the Salzburger Kunstverein.

Selected shows


-UPCOMING Autumn 2018: Salon D'Automne, Champs-Elysées, Paris (FR)

-UPCOMING Spring 2019: Solo show, ADD Art Gallery, Spoleto  (IT)

2018

-Color 2018, Czong Institution for Contemporary Art, Gimpo-si (KOR)

-BEEP Painting Biennial, Swansea College of Art, Swansea, (UK)

-Premio Combat, Museo Fattori, Livorno (IT)

2017

-Arte Laguna Prize, Arsenale, Venice (IT)

-TOAF, Arnolfini Centre For Contemporary Arts, Bristol (UK)

-Stroke, Zündapp-Halle, Munich (DE)

-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, Savremena Galerija Subotica (SRB)

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

-SZAB Székház (Gallery of the Academic Committee), Solo exhibition, Szeged (HU)

2014

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

-TAKT, IX-XI Gallery, Budapest (HU)

-CTRL-V, Magyar Műhely, Budapest (HU) 

-Periféria - City Museum, Solo exhibition, Kecel (HU)

2013

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

2012

-Táblaképfestészeti Biennálé (Panel Painting Biennial), REÖK, Szeged (HU)

-A Szoba, Solo show, Pécs (HU)

-Belvárosi Kamara Gallery, Solo show, Szeged (HU)

2011

-Nyári tárlat (Summer Exhibition) -REÖK, Szeged (HU)

2009

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

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

-Basch House, Solo show, Subotica (SRB)

2007

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

2006

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

2004

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

Prizes

-2018 O.R.A. Prize winner (IT)

-2018 BEEP Wales contemporary painting prize finalist (UK)

-2018 Combat prize finalist (IT)

-2017 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner (USA)

-2017 Arte Laguna Prize finalist (IT)

-2017 Museu Europeu d'Art Modern-Figurativas 2017 shortlisted (ES)


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