This painting depicts a personified biomorphic figure that seems to sprout from the canvas. The artist created this composition through a process he refers to as “sketchbook mythologies.” The figure started as a pencil drawing, collected among a number of other similar figures in a sort of doodle’s paradise. Eventually, some of these drawings seem to sprout from the page and migrate to canvases, joining others to build a brave new world—and thereby establishing a relationship between the natural and human-made. And while the resulting painted scenes are not overtly dystopian, there is a slightly sinister implication that viewers may have just missed or interrupted some sort of event.
József Csató paintings emerge from a sort of doodle’s paradise. The artist refers to his process as “sketchbook mythologies,” where biomorphic, yet personified, pencil drawings sprout from page to canvas and join others to build a brave new world. Calling his studio a “microcosm” where ideas “fertilize” others, Csató creates slightly sinister scenes that establish a relationship between the natural and the human-made.
József Csató was born in Mezökövesd, Hungary in 1980. The artist attended the University of Fine Arts in Budapest, Hungary and the University of Fine Arts in Nürnberg, Germany.
Exhibitions of Csató’s work have taken place at Sean Horton (Presents) in New York City; Galerie Krinzinger in Vienna, Austria; Deák Erika Gallery in Budapest, Hungary; Plus One Gallery in Antwerp, Belgium; and Double Q Gallery in Hong Kong, China.
From 2013–2015, Csató was a three-time recipient of the honorable Gyula Derkovits Scholarship. In 2013, Csató also received the prominent Esterhazy Prize, a national award for Hungarian artists.
Csató’s work is in the permanent collection of the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, Hungary.
This painting depicts a personified biomorphic figure that seems to sprout from the canvas. This subject started as a pencil drawing, collected among a number of other similar figures in a sort of doodle’s paradise.More