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ArtistMiercurea CiucRomania

painter and designer
Art is profession, passion and vocation for me.
Art is a miraculous coincidence of effort, talent and imagination.

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ABOUT ME
Usualy I paint with acrylic colors.
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BIOGRAPHY

1959 – 07 - 20 Date of born (RO) 1974 - 1978 High Scool of Fine Arts, Târgu Mureş (RO) 1980 – 1984 „Ion Andreescu” Academy of fine Arts - industrial design section, Cluj Napoca (RO) Profesional activity 1984 Designer at Republica Reghin 1984 –1990 Designer at the Tractor Factory, Miercurea Ciuc 1990- 1998 Designer at SYRINX SRL 1999- 2003 President of Hargita Visual Art Association 1998- 2003 Designer at BPM SYSTEM S.R.L. 2003 - Designer at AMBIENT TEAM S.R.L. 2004 - paralely, coordonater of visual arts at Cultural Center of Harghita County Personal exhibitions 1988 Miercurea Ciuc, Gallery from the Flower str. (RO) 1992 Gyula, Cultural Center (H) 1993 Miercurea Ciuc, a Little Gallery (RO) 1994 Miskolc - Kós Károly House, Bonyhad , Komlo (H) 1995 Miercurea Ciuc, Golden Gallery (RO) Pusztaszentlászló (H) 1996 Băile Harghita (outdoor exhibition) (RO) 1997 Miercurea Ciuc, Golden Gallery (RO) 1998 Stockholm, Hungarian House (S) Chişinău, Onisifor Ghibu Library (MO) Miercurea Ciuc, Kriterion Gallery (RO) 2000 Sâncrăieni Ciuc, „Szent István” Days (RO) 2001 Târgu Mureş, Bernády House (RO) Miercurea Ciuc, Hargita Visual Art Gallery (RO) Gheorgheni, Pro Art Gallery RO) 2002 Sâncrăieni Ciuc, ”Szent István” Days (RO) 2003 Győr, Napoleon House (H) Szolnok, Center of Music and Fine Arts (HU) Sâncrăieni Ciuc, “Szent István” Days (RO) Miercurea Ciuc, “Turul” Hotel (RO) 2004 Budapest, Nyírő József Hospital (Hu) Hauer – New National Gallery (Hu) Budapest, House of Hungarian Culture (HU) 2005 Miercurea Ciuc, Golden Gallery (RO) 2006 Sâncrăieni, “Szent István” Days (RO) 2007 Sâncrăieni, “Szent István” Days (RO) 2009 Miercurea Ciuc, Kriterion Gallery (RO) 2010 Odorheiu Secuiesc, Cultural Haus/Cocert Holl, (RO) Târgu Mureş, Bernady Hauses Gallery, (RO) 2011 Eger, Church Gallery, (HU) Budapest, noMade Gallery (H), with Szabó Tamás, sculptor 2012 Bukarest, Orizont Gallery with Truică family Miercurea Ciuc, Ave Art Gallery (RO) 2013 Miercurea Ciuc, Ave Art Gallery, Genesis Series (RO) Chişinău, National Museum of Etnography and Nature History (MO) 2014 Romanian Parlament palace, Constantin Brâncuşi Hall – Bucureşti (RO) Kandinsky Gallery – Vien (A) Sancraieni – Days of the village – at Vitos Mózes Scool National Gallery of Moldova – Chişinău (MO) 2015 Odorheiu Secuiesc, Casa de Culturő Municipală (RO) 2016 Gödöllő, House of Arts and Levendula Gallery (HU) 2018 Miercurea-Ciuc, Cultural Center of Harghita County KOLTA Gallery Budapest, with Ádám Gyulával and Fazakas Csabával (HU) Semmelweis Saloon Budapest, with Ádám Gyulával and Fazakas Csabával közösen (HU) Group exhibitions /selection/ 1973 – 2018 Expozitions for artists from Harghita County (RO) 1981 Reghin; Miercurea Ciuc, with Árpád Miklos, Ödön Nagy, Sándor Sipos (RO) 1983 Faenza, call for tenders: urban furniture, with Ödön Nagy (I) 1984 Bucureşti, Dalles hall – design triennial (RO) Torun, drawing competition (PL) 1987 Budapest, Young Artists Club (H) 1989 Nagoya, call for tenders: hand scissors (J) 1989 Budapest, drawing competition in Buda Castle (H) 1990 Miercurea Ciuc, First grafik biennial (RO) 1991 Budapest, Exhibition for Transilvanian artists –Buda Castle (H) 1993 Cluj Napoca, Harghita Workshop –Korunk Gallery (RO) 1994 Keszthely, Komló, Bonyhád, Gyula, Székesfehérvár (H) 1995 Hévíz (H) 1997 Budapest, Vármegye Gallery (H) Târgu Mureş, Professional Bodies Barabás Miklós Céh (RO) Stockholm, Transilvanian artists’ exhibition (S) 1998 Covasna, „Windows” exhibition (RO) 2000 Târgu Mureş, Bernády House (RO) Covasna, „Stones” expozition (RO) Miercurea Ciuc, Hargita Visual Art Gallery (RO) 2002 Budapest, MAMU Gallery 2003 Covasna, “Doors” exhibition (RO) Bucuresti, Progetto ROMA (RO) 2004 Miercurea Ciuc, Expozition from Harghita County (RO) 2005 Covasna, “The deer” exhibition (RO) 2005-2018 REE Camp International Visual Art Camps - Miercurea Ciuc 2006 Miercurea Ciuc, Expozition from Harghita County (RO) 2007 Miercurea Ciuc, Expozition from Harghita County (RO) 2008 Miercurea Ciuc, Expozition from Harghita County (RO) 2007-2008 STUDIO 9, Miercurea Ciuc, Oradea, Tg. 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Gheorghe, Bucuresti, Gheorgheni (RO), Budapest, Gyula (H) 2009 Csíkszereda, Kriterion Gallery, Hungarian Pictures Days (RO) Budapest, Hungarian Pictures Days (H) STUDIO 9, Miercurea Ciuc, Sibiu (RO), Szigetvár (H) 2010 Budapest, Mednyánszky Gallery, Artists from Seclerland (H) Sfântu Gheorghe, First Seclerlands Grafik Bienal (RO) Miercurea Ciuc, First Seclerlands Grafik Bienal (RO) Bucureşti - Salonul Mic (RO) Târgovişte - BIENALA CONCURS DE ARTĂ PLASTICĂ "GHEORGHE PETRAŞCU" EDIŢIA A IX-A (RO) 2011 -STUDIO 9, Odorheiu Secuiesc (RO), Kiskúnfélegyháza, Budapest – Vármegye Gallery (H), Bucureşti – Salonul Mic, In 10 cityes from Romania - Atitudini contemporane – (RO) Miercurea Ciuc, SILOZ – Contemporary Art Center, FREE Camp, retrospectív 2005 – 2010 (RO) -Târgu Secuiesc, Odorheiu Secuiesc, Miercurea Ciuc, Gheorgheni – Expozitions from Harghita County’s artists (RO) - National Salon of Art – Contemporary Attitudes:- Drobeta Turnu Severin, Hunedoara, Râmnicu Vâlcea, Buzău, Brăila, Iaşi, Tulcea, Curtea de Argeş, Slobozia, Bucureşti -„Litle Salon” – Bucureşti (RO) 2012 -Miercurea Ciuc, Odorheiu Secuiesc, Gheorgheni – Exhibitions from Harghita County’s artists (RO) - Visual Art Exhibition „Attemporary Rhims III.”, Iaşi (RO) - National Salon of Art – Contemporary Attitudes - Slobozia, Curtea de Argeşi, Miercurea Ciuc, Odorheiu Secuiesc, Târgovişte, Tg. Jiu, Râmnicu Vâlcea, Iaşi, Bucureşti (RO) - Litle Graphic Intercontinental Art, “Inter-Art” Aiud (RO) - “Litle Salon Bucurest” (SMB6 mixed media) VI. (RO) - Visual Art Bienale „GHEORGHE PETRAŞCU” XI., Târgovişte (RO) - Visual Art Bienale"Ion Andreescu" VIII – Buzău (RO) - Litle Graphic International Bienale - Arad 2012 (RO) - II.Harghita Graphic Bienale– Sf. Gheorghe, Miercurea Ciuc (RO) - Litle Paintings, III. edition, Subotica (RS) 2013 - Studio 9, Iaş i- Cupola Gallery, Miercure Ciuc-Ciuc’s Secler Muzeum (RO) - Contemporary Attitudes – Truicart Evants: Slobozia, Curtea de Argeş, Tg. Jiu, Bucureşti (RO) - Harghita Salon 2013 - Miercurea Ciuc, Odorheiu Secuiesc, Gheorgheni (RO) 2014 - Expo Studio 9 – Cluj Napoca, Miecrurea Ciuc (RO), Dunaharaszti (H) - International Art Salon V. – „Tree of Life” – Romanien Parlament, Constantin Brâncuşi Hall (RO) - International Visual Art Camp’s Exhibition – 2014, Iaşi (RO) - International Art Competition “Eminesciana” - 2014 Iaşi (RO) - Winter Salon of International Festival A.R.T.E. – 2014, Iaşi (RO) - Contemporanry Atitude – Land of Emotions: Sfântu Gheorghe, Miercurea Ciuc, Odorheiu Secuiesc (RO) - Naţional Exhibition of Marin Day, Constanţa (RO) - Contemporary Attitude - Truicart Evants, Ruse (BG) - Wasserturm-arte MIX-2014 (A) - Harghita Salon 2014 - Miercurea Ciuc, Odorheiu Secuiesc, Gheorgheni (RO) 2015 București, Parliament of Romania –Constantin Brâncuşi Hall – Grounds (RO) Miercurea Ciuc, Gallery of Harghita County Counsil, FREE Camp 2015 (RO) Târgu Mureș, STUDIO 9, Bernády House (RO) Perugia, Bienial Peruggiana (I) Giurgiu, Contemporary Attitudes - Truicart events (RO) Harghita Salon 2015 - Miercurea Ciuc, Odorheiu Secuiesc, Gheorgheni (RO) 2016 Sfântu Gheorghe, Exhibition 10 years Studio 9, Cultural Center for Art from Transylvania (EMÜK) (RO) Miercurea Ciuc, Exhibition 10 years Studio 9, Secler Muzeum from Ciuc (RO) Harghita Salon 2016 - Miercurea Ciuc, Odorheiu Secuiesc, Gheorgheni (RO) 2017 Cluj-Napoca, Bánffy Pallas, Expo Barabás Miklós Guild (RO) Miercurea Ciuc, Gallery of Harghita County Counsil, FREE Camp 2017 (RO) Harghita Salon 2017 - Miercurea Ciuc, Odorheiu Secuiesc, Gheorgheni (RO) 2018 Miercurea Ciuc, Gallery of Harghita County Counsil, FREE Camp 2018 (RO) Ringstrassen Galerien, arteMix-WIEN (AT) Ringstrassen Galerien, WIEN, FREE Camp 2018 (AT) Metropolitan Librari of Bukurest, ARTOTECA Galiery - FREE Camp 2018 (RO) Harghita Saloon 2018 - Miercurea Ciuc, Odorheiu Secuiesc, Gheorgheni (RO) Art Camps 1992 - 2018 Vaja, Rezi, Pusztaszentlászló, Hejce, Abátszalók, Szentendre, Berekfürdő, Veránka, Dunaharaszti, Tomajmonostora (H); Jigodin Ciuc, Lăzarea, Balvanyos, Mărtinis, Ghimeş (RO); Tångagärde, Stockholm (S); Miercurea Ciuc – Inter Art 2002, 2003, 2004 (RO); Miercurea Ciuc - FREE camp 2005-2017 (RO) Autdoor sculptures 2003 In front of CEC Harghita, welded copper-table, with Nagy Ödön (RO) 2006 Sâncrăieni, Sanctified Right Hand, welded copper-table, with Nagy Ödön (RO) 2006 Ciceu, Statue in memoriam Pass away in the wars, welded copper-table, with Nagy Ödön (RO) 2007 Sâncrăieni, Statue to Andrássy Family, welded copper-table (RO) Performances 2002 Roma, Accademia di Romania in Roma (I) 2003 Kaposvár, Vaszary János Cultural Center (H) Membership Union of Professional Artists from Romania (UAPR) Barabás Miklós Association - Hungarian Artists from Transylvania Assotiation of Hungarian Artists from all over the world in Stockholm Harghita Visual Art (1998-2005) Studio 9 – Group (2006-2014) Curatorial mamber of Cultural Center for Arts from Transylvania (2013-) ArteMix WIEN

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TECHNIQUE
Frequently I use acrylic, oil, pastel or mixed technique.
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EXPERTISE

Botár László - artistic message

„Art is a miraculous coincidence of effort, talent and imagination.” Liberty and destiny together give sense to human life. The independent artist has the firm aim of following his destiny by constantly renewing his work of art. Botar Laszlo - by his permanent search for modern artistic language, by his persevering experimenting of new techniques, by his untiring imagination - has become a remarkable landscape-painter of Harghita county. He came out as a member of the „Atelier 35” Group (1 982) and later as a graduate of the „Ion Andreescu” Academy of Fine Arts, Cluj (1984). His first compositions designed for public institutions presented him as a modern artist with original conceptions, interested in expressing ideas, decorative and functional elements in perfect harmony. Gradually the industrial designer has developed into an independent artist. His works of art presented at individual or collective exhibitions, sent to national and international competitions show how Botar Laszlo has cultivated his personal artistic means of expression, how he has come to maturity. Learning from the universal classical values and respecting his masters’ teaching (Nagy Pal, Torok Pal, Barabas Eva, Bordi Geza, Salvanu Virgil, Cheptea Savel), he has developed his own original style. Even his early works - mainly landscapes - are not the slavish imitations of reality but the subjective recreations of it. The paintings of the 1987-1988 period - dominantly in brown - fascinate the spectator with their peaceful, lyrical atmosphere. The still lives and landscapes captivate us with their calm - and in the same time - stirring lines. This duabity, as well as the play of lights and shadows give the painting a special, subtle rhythm. The individual exhibition in 1 995 brought a great surprise for Botar’s admirers. He changed his theme and technique. The exposed oil-paintings like: Remembrance, Window to the World, Gesture in Red, The Three Solitaries, Mirror, Old Fellow, Woman without Flowers, Nest, Suffering, Dream, Truth, Triangles, Crying Bird, Crowned Hen - thanks to the disquieting presence of living beings - have become dominated by humaneness. Botar’s ardent need for work and for self-expression explain his presence at the fine art events in the country and abroad. The poetic and symbolic content of his work and his message explain his professional success and appreciation. His works are a skillful combination of grotesque and bizzare, of subtle and unquiet. Women-Windows was the title of the recent individual exhibition. The 42 exposed paintings - all created with mixed technique -present the artist as being a shocking, post-modern creator. They prove as well that Botar Laszlo continues experimenting with forms and colours. The chosen motives - Eroticism - Windows - have already been developed many times by unnumerable artists / poets, musicians, painters. But the way in which Botdr Laszlo treats them is captivating. „Each painting is - above all - a starting point from one sphere to another one” - declares the painter. This idea is fully proved by the females presented in these paintings. The Window cycle genuinely proves that art is a production of human soul. When combining the colours, Botar Laszlo seems to add to this combination a bit of his soul. These paintings - Window in Red, Blue Window, Another Window - are real mirrors of a dream-world, „certificates” of the visible existence. They express man’s eternal doubt, his constant and endless search for certitude. While reproducing his ideas and feelings, the artist reproduces as well beauty and emotion.

 

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Dr. Nicolae I. Bucur

art critic

AWARDS

• Price of excelece on exhibition “Betwen figurative an symbolic ”Monique Roussel Gallery 2009 şi 2013 • Price of excelece on exhibition of Iaşi – Citadell of Art and Culture - “Gallery I”, The European Studies Center, Iaşi – 2013 • Price of excelece on the Camps Exhibition –Cupola Gallery, Iaşi – 2013 • Nominalization for Universiti’s Price G. Enescu on International Exhibition of Visual Creation “Eminesciana” - 2014 Iaşi • Price of excelece on Winter Saloon of International Festival A.R.T.E. – 2014, IV. edition, Theodor Pallady Gallery - Iaşi

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László Botár

Within Living Moments / fine art  album

 

There are many examples for several people to celebrate their birthdays with huge parties. For a moment, I was also tempted by the vain wish to celebrate this important moment of my life in an unconventional way. I finally decided that it will be enough for me to have a good look at myself in the mirror and edit a festive album. Exactly the one that your are holding in your hands. This book is mainly a report of my works: my aim is to show a cross-sectional view of my entire artistic activity. In order for me to find my way through, I tried to clarify before myself how many “boxes”, faces my activities have, which all fill my days. I am taking them into account: • Active visual arts. I often say: I graduated the design major, that is why I am painting and I also create sculptures. But I think it doesn’t matter what one’s major is, the most important thing is for a person to be able to account for himself. • Assignment at the workplace. I am the manager of the visual arts department of the Cultural Center of Harghita County, my status is cultural clerk, but in practice I am printing designer, applied graphic artist, or even designer. My colleges and my managers are all appreciating me, I don’t have time to be bored. • My own business. Design for me is a completely different world, I separate it from all my other things. The previous one is an art-form, this is a profession. I also designed crawler tractors, most precisely three prototypes, which were also exported to other countries. Nowadays this kind of work is consisted mainly of interior design. The design is based on interior principles, anything could be the case. •. Artistic organizing work. For a few years now, I have been dealing with organizing the Harghita County Visual Arts Exhibition, which is kind of a community-creating event, not a mechanical inventory of our region’s artists’ yearly activity. This is the time and place where we, as a community, can live the fact that we all depend on each other in a professional interactive way. Miercurea Ciuc has a faithful, welleducated audience, which is – willingly-unwittingly - developing day by day, and this way becoming more and more connoisseur. This, I find a very healthy thing. In our region there’s one artist for every thousand person, which is a very good average. When I once made an inventory of the visual artists, I counted about ninety professional artists. There is just a few exceptions, who don’t have a university degree, nevertheless they have been certified by their profession.

  • Camp-leader. For a few years now, at the end of each summer, we are organizing an international visual arts camp, called Free Camp, which means an almost unlimited creative freedom for the artist who are participating from Romania, Hungary and other European countries, we have guest even from Far East. The creational work, which consists of several days, is located in one single studio, and it is a kind of an interactive school for us all. The channeling of this shoreless creativity-mood is my responsibility in every case.

There are some persons, who say about my artistic ambitions, that they turn away from the figurative imagery, and that they bear upon themselves the marks of a more abstract art-vision, both in form and in concept. I would put it differently, in a more nuanced manner, after all the notion of figurative does not explicitly mean to me the realistic portrayal of the human figure, but the elements of reality, acting with a symbolic force. Sometimes in my works, the human figures also appear, these are mostly women figures, or they are only signs of them. The woman body and her spirit is such a complicated thing that it can be used to express any other thought. I took advantage of this fact and haven’t always portrayed its beauty or at times its ugliness in all their extent. One can transmit more with details. This is why I used the „more with less” as method of communication, leaving room for further analysis. We are driven by man-centeredness even where we are suspecting a total abstraction. The reason of this is that it is very hard to break away from any human feelings, from relation-systems and from the connections between these, in other words from those things which define ourselves: from the relation between the self and the community. The difference of all these appearance forms give me the diversity. Furthermore, for me, the concept of figurativeness, does not only mean the human itself, but I include also the tangible realities which are surrounding us. As an artist, I cannot complain about the fact that I would be unpopular or unappreciated, etc. My works have arrived at different places in Transylvania and also in other countries, and I have often experienced (even though I did not formulate it) that those people, who own a Botár picture, can call themselves lucky. I was wondering what it was that made my pictures attractive for others. While painting, I don’t even think that I should look for something to please the viewer’s eyes. I have some works, through which I can clearly communicate, when the topic is just a single impression’s representation. I noticed that usually these are the pictures which the public likes the most, although these pictures aren’t the ones which are most typical of me, but the ones in which the viewer has the opportunity to think the picture through with me. Usually I don’t classify my works anywhere. It doesn’t really matter for me what my works are called, it is only an expression, the creation remains as such. In case I have to use a more sophisticated  notion, I would say that my works are close to neo-expressivism or to organic abstraction. Apart from all these, I am trying to be very sincere in my creations. This could be the main reason why people like my pictures.

Those people, who know me well, are aware of the fact that I am a rather disciplined person, though I don’t like to be restricted in any ways. I myself like assigning tasks to myself. Freedom is not just a desire for me, but it is a concrete freedom. Here I mean the creational freedom and also my entire life. I can be free because I do the things that I like and enjoy in each moment of my every-day life, whether I am at my workplace, among my family or in my studio. Longing for freedom is present in each of us, though it means different things for different people. For me, the creative freedom is the idea by which the material annoyances can be dwarfed, of course I  have a more than understanding family background for this. This, of course, is not in opposition with the fact that I am working at the Cultural Center of Harghita County, as there I can apply my graphical knowledge in designing the events of the Institution. I could just mention the present outlook of the Centre, the appearance of the home-page, the symbol, the presentation booklet. These, however are not personal achievements, there’s a harmonized, well-functioning team work behind them. My other task is to make a high quality, modern visual appearance to our periodical and unique events. I intend our fliers, our posters to communicate not merely by presenting our logo, but also by representing the deliberate image of our institution.  I have given a lot of thought about what I would really like to include of me in this selection of the last half century’s accomplishments. I have not intended a retrospective album. I would like to make accessible all the things which truly characterize me and the essence of my career until present. I would rather accentuate my latter period, and my future, unborn works will also be present in this album. My intention is not to tell a process in it, but to make an evidence of the facts, namely that I am who I am, and I have reached this far. To analyze this, I asked a few art historian, publicist, art critic, and mainly all those people who have honored my exhibitions with their opening speech, to write their thoughts about my creations, and look at them in terms of the time which has passed beside me. From the approaches and critiques which are arriving from different directions, I am trying to draw a full picture of my past work.

If I am to make a confession about how I see the balance and the sense of the past half century, I would say that I am pleased with the simple fact that today I am able to talk about my past works. In the future I will also look for those opportunities where I can fully devote all my energies to creating. Here I mean mostly the autonomous art. To realize all this, I necessarily need quietness, silence and solitude. This is the only way to measure, to go over all the mass of information (out of which only a modest percentage preoccupies the artist) and afterwards to formulate and communicate what is worthy.

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