Zoltán Béla b. 1977
Zoltán Béla uses a rather wide range of media, such as painting, installations or objects. His painting is realistic, loaded with historical references and metaphysical meanings inspired from his personal archive of memories, but also from the Eastern European recent history track. By turning to the viewer’s feelings and tending to identify the essential moments of an entire generation formed in the communist period, Béla often addresses reality by means of suggestion, rather than depiction. What links all these aspects is a feeling of aesthetic Romanticism.
Béla’s paintings bear the mark of antithesis, sometimes as a therapy to purge inner fears, sometimes as a mirror of reality. Their essential ambiguity encourages allusions, which range from the metaphysics of the fragment to questions of evanescence and memory. The artist often brings into play disturbing mise en scènes that question the fragile boundary between reality and fiction, materiality and incorporeality, immobility and motion, invisibility and absence. The representation of time is the very essence of his work – the air seems to contain it, recording the memory of its ephemeral traces and inducing a state of both contemplation and alertness.
His purified and mysterious visual universe pays particular attention to composition, light and contrasts and explores the depth of the details, rather than the effect of the whole and the solitude of the human being, while facing the after-effects of a historical turn. Subjects keep varying, therapy through art continues.