Botond Gagyi

Biography

Born 1992 in Tîrgu-Mureş, Romania. Lives and works in Cluj, Romania

Botond Gagyi is inspired by found  images and personal photographs to explore the new reality of contemporary life. By oscillating between construction and deconstruction, omissions, repainting, erasures and piling up of paint, the artist explores a reality that lacks depth and authenticity, where individuals are alienated from their own self, and relationships are no longer real.

 

His dynamic work is moody and dramatic, drawn upon profoundly personal memories and collective trauma, with the prevalence of a disquieting calmness. With figures merged into the abstract space as extension of their physical and emotional experience, his paintings become tableaus to listen to, and not only an image-surface for plain visual pleasure. At the same time, through his characters' often colourful and fashionable attires, his work is characterised by a contemporary visual aesthetic and communicates a ray of hope. 

 

Botond Gagyi obtained his BFA and MFA from the Painting Department, University of Art and Design in Romania in 2015 and 2017 respectively. He is currently a PHD candidate where his research is focused on figurative representation under the sign of distortion. Gagyi's work has been awarded in multiple art competitions in Romania and Poland and it is held in private collections in Hungary, Romania, Germany, Sweden, France,  Panama, and the USA. 

 

Recent solo and group exhibitions include: Abstract Mood, Estopia Art Gallery, Bucharest, Romania (2021); Solo show during Kulturtage Ehrenbreitstein, Theater am E'stein, Cologne, Germany (2020); The Night Watch, Museum of Arts Cluj-Napoca, Cluj, Romania (2019); Alchemic Body, Fire Air Water Earth, THE LINE Contemporary Art Space, London (2019); Start Point Prize 2017, Prague National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic.

Works
  • Botond Gagyi, Allegory of night, 2021
    Botond Gagyi
    Allegory of night, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    159.1 x 128.9 cm
    62 5/8 x 50 3/4 in
  • Botond Gagyi, Anton's dream, 2021
    Botond Gagyi
    Anton's dream, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    65.1 x 86 cm
    25 5/8 x 33 7/8 in
    € 950.00
  • Botond Gagyi, Backstage symphony, 2021
    Botond Gagyi
    Backstage symphony, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    169.9 x 150.2 cm
    66 7/8 x 59 1/8 in
  • Botond Gagyi, Beauty of our dark sides, 2021
    Botond Gagyi
    Beauty of our dark sides, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    69.8 x 60 cm
    27 1/2 x 23 5/8 in
  • Botond Gagyi, Hide and seek, 2021
    Botond Gagyi
    Hide and seek, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    74.9 x 69.8 cm
    29 1/2 x 27 1/2 in
  • Botond Gagyi, Magnetic fields 2, 2021
    Botond Gagyi
    Magnetic fields 2, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    169.9 x 150.2 cm
    66 7/8 x 59 1/8 in
  • Botond Gagyi, Soul Eclipse, 2021
    Botond Gagyi
    Soul Eclipse, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    45.1 x 50.2 cm
    17 3/4 x 19 3/4 in
  • Botond Gagyi, Supermoon, 2021
    Botond Gagyi
    Supermoon, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    200 x 180 cm
    78 3/4 x 70 7/8 in
  • Botond Gagyi, Conquistador, 2020
    Botond Gagyi
    Conquistador, 2020
    Oil on canvas
    155.3 x 125.1 cm
    61 1/8 x 49 1/4 in
  • Botond Gagyi, Mystic River, 2020
    Botond Gagyi
    Mystic River, 2020
    Acrylic and oil on canvas
    150.2 x 120 cm
    59 1/8 x 47 1/4 in
  • Botond Gagyi, Picnic with phantoms, 2019
    Botond Gagyi
    Picnic with phantoms, 2019
    Oil on canvas
    169.9 x 153 cm
    66 7/8 x 60 1/4 in
  • Botond Gagyi, Sinister Hike, 2019
    Botond Gagyi
    Sinister Hike, 2019
    Oil on canvas
    200 x 189.9 cm
    78 3/4 x 74 3/4 in
  • Botond Gagyi, The collector and the phantom, 2019
    Botond Gagyi
    The collector and the phantom, 2019
    Oil on canvas
    52.1 x 41.9 cm
    20 1/2 x 16 1/2 in
  • Botond Gagyi, Paper plane, 2017
    Botond Gagyi
    Paper plane, 2017
    Oil on canvas
    200 x 189.9 cm
    78 3/4 x 74 3/4 in
  • Botond Gagyi, Absent state, 2016
    Botond Gagyi
    Absent state, 2016
    Oil on canvas
    200 x 189.9 cm
    78 3/4 x 74 3/4 in
  • Botond Gagyi, Impressionistic vision, 2016
    Botond Gagyi
    Impressionistic vision, 2016
    Oil on canvas
    200 x 150.2 cm
    78 3/4 x 59 1/8 in