László Németh ceramist » Curriculum vitae / Exhibitions

Laszlo Nemeth is a Hungarian artist whose ceramic sculptures simultaneously unsettle, provoke, intrigue and amuse. Some present an apparent conflict of the macabre and comedic, others imply an undercurrent of political unrest. In most it is the sometimes blatant eroticism that can be disturbing (deliciously so or threatening being in the eye of the viewer alone), yet within these pieces are delicate points of connectedness, an energy of tentative inquisitive tenderness. In his sculpture Nemeth is constantly exploring cellular memory and the interrelatedness between a species’ stubbornness to survive and society’s willingness to evolve versus its inertia. He works to express the conflicts between man’s desire for freedom and our desire for union, to understand how we are conceived as utterly unique individuals yet are all one people, to reconcile the individual’s lustful desire and our quest for love.

Nemeth was born in Russian-occupied Hungary in 1965, the ‘Iron Curtain’ era of austerity and little or no access to western culture. A self-proclaimed rebel he shunned the confines of the Communist state education system, choosing to satisfy his curiosity for learning with books, especially on physics, evolution and genetics. From the latter would emerge the personal repertoire of his artwork’s motifs, shaped in part perhaps by the stark graphic styles of the Eastern bloc. In his village exposure to art had been minimal and art education nonexistent; in 1992 none of that was to matter.

The Communist regime had collapsed and the last Russian troops were leaving Hungary. Doors to the West were open and new opportunities for self-expression available. Out of curiosity, at age 27 Nemeth enrolled in a 2 year part time ceramics course whose instructors included Zsuzsa Fuzesi, Peter Korompai and Tamas Szarka. “The moment I touched clay” he says “the effect on me was so strong that I knew it would forever be a part of my life”. A visit that same year to Venice’s Guggenheim proved that his imagination need have no bounds, and with a distinctive personal vocabulary waiting to be translated into art, his work was quickly embraced by an emerging Hungarian art scene.
After 20 years of exhibitions, symposia and travel it became all too apparent that the international art world is an English speaking one and that growing up under the Communist regime could have kept this door closed. Today, however, Nemeth is multilingual, living and working in a more multinational community on the island of Corfu, Greece.

Works:

2020Freelancer @ ceramic artist and designer at Corfu, Greece
2018Design and produce @ Bistro Gabao in Corfu old town collaborated with Eniko Orosz.
2015Co founder and designer @ 2015-2019 Firsthing & Noel design shop and workshop in Corfu with Eniko Orosz
2013Blogger @ Hungarian Orange online platform / Jelentés Gambiából /Reports From Gambia
2012Volunteer @ GAMBIA / GUNJUR (generating and creating a ceramics studio, teacher’s training).
1994-2000 Postforming Bt, Manager / Designer
2000-2008 Évgyűrű ’99 Bt, Managing Director / Designer (custom-made furniture production, for example : more than 100 branches)
2011Ceramics Workshop @ Paczków,Poland
Opened Studio, “3rd attempt for interactions between genres”contributors: Zoltán Gold Arany gramophon Dj. Tamás Ács actor, Gábor Németh writer, Tamás Tóth, graphic designer @ Székesfehérvár, Hungary
Organiser of Literature Evening contributor: Péter Esterházy, writer moderator: Ferenc Czinki writer, editor
2010Workshop @ Mór, Hungary
Actor at Contemporary Art Festival @ Székesfehérvár Orsolya Szabó – Ferenc Czinki: Panga and Tilapia (drama)
Contemporary Art Festival @ Székesfehérvár, Opened Studio, “2nd attempt for interactions between genres” in collaboration with Dénes Krusovszky – poet, editor, reviewer and Orsolya Szabó – graphic designer, drama writer
Workshop and soda-firing course (Certaldo/Italy) La Meridiana International School of Ceramics
2009Új Magyar Képtár / Székesfehérvár, RAKU show
Paperceramics Workshop @ Mór / Árkipuszta, Hungary
Actor at Contemporary Art Festival @Székesfehérvár Ferenc Czinki- Orsolya Szabó: “Manicure Factory” (The genesis of the world in seven steps) drama
Lawnmower Festival – Land art @Székesfehérvár
Contemporary Art Festival @ Székesfehérvár, Opened Studio, “1st attempt for interactions between genres” in collaboration with Ferenc Czinki -writer,editor and Csaba Róka Kiss- painter, Márió Z Nemes –poet
2008Actor at Contemporary Art Festival @ Székesfehérvár Ferenc Czinki, Orsolya Szabó, és Richard Garami: Hay Exploration (drama)
Lawnmower Festival – Land art @Székesfehérvár
2007Actor at Contemporary Art Festival @ Székesfehérvár
Ferenc Czinki, Orsolya Szabó: NO SWATCH – nuclear drama (contemporary musical)
Lawnmower Festival – Land art @Székesfehérvár

Reports, Presentations:

2012Theatre of Szentgotthárd (Reports from Gambia,recital)
2012Pensioners’ club @ Kőszárhegy (Reports from Gambia,recital)
2012Roham bar @ Budapest (Reports from Gambia,recital)
2012Kafkabeat Boozertheatre @ Székesfehérvár (Reports from Gambia,recital)
2007MIhály Vörösmarty County Library @ Székesfehérvár (Presentation about India, recital)
2007Tóparti Grammar School and Art College @ Székesfehérvár (Presentation about India, recital)
2007Kodolányi János College @ Székesfehérvár (Presentation about India, recital)
2007Árgus Literature and Culture Magazine editorial office @ Székesfehérvár (Presentation about India, recital)

Exhibitions

2015Mihaly Munkacsy Elementary School, Szekesfehervar, Hungary – independent exhibition (delivery by: Eniko Orosz video artist)
2013Contemporary Art Institute @Dunaújváros, Hungary – County of Fejér’s Fall Exhibition
Olof Palme House @ Budapest, Hungary – FOUR ELEMENTS – group exhibition
2011Pelikán Gallery @ Székesfehérvár, Hungary – Winter Art Exhibition
Olof Palme House @ Budapest, Hungary – XXII. Autumn Ceramics Exhibition
ZPAP Gallery @ Opole, Poland – EVELYN’S DREAM independent exhibition (Delivered by Ferenc Czinki writer,editor)
Pelikán Gallery @ Székesfehérvár, Hungary – “Workshop of 2010 in Mór Statuette, Cast Iron and Ceramics”
–exhibition
2010Kossuth House Gallery @ Dabas, Hungary – Exhibition of Székesfehérvári művészek tárdasága – group exhibition
Gallery of the Lamberg – Castle @ Mór – Workshop of Mór, 2009 – group exhibition of the participants of the workshop
Pelican Gallery – Workshop of Mór, 2009 – group exhibition of the participants of the workshop
2009Contemporary Art Institute @Dunaújváros, Hungary – County of Fejér’s Fall Exhibition
Loft Gallery @ Balatonalmádi – 10th Jubilee of Balaton Exhibition Kaposvár / Vaszary Art Gallery – 7th National Grotesque Triennale
2008Edvy Mill Baroque Mansion @ Pápa (delivery by: Orsolya Karafiáth poet, owner of the Hungarian Republic’s Golden Civic Crown)
International Ceramics Symposium @ Opole, Poland – group exhibition
Sóház Gallery @ Szigetvár – Society of Artists of Székesfehérvár – group exhibition
Kölcsey Center @ Debrecen,Hungary – 20th Debrecen’s National Summer Exhibition
Indian Embassy @ Budapest – India titled painting and photography group exhibition (photo)
2007Szent István Király Múzeum @ Székesfehérvár – County of Fejér’s Fall Exhibition
Town Hall @ Balatonalmádi – Attic Gallery – Balaton Exhibition 2007, Identity titled National Fine Art Biennale
Garnizon Club @ Székesfehérvár – Desirevirus titled independent exhibition
(delivery by: Zoltán Pallag, chief editor of Árgus Literature Magazine)
Kodolányi János College @ Székesfehérvár – India titled independent photography exhibition
2005Contemporary Art Institute @ Dunaújváros – County of Fejér’s Exhibition
Town Hall @ Balatonalmádi – Attic Gallery – Balaton Exhibition 2005, Timelessness titled National Fine Art Exhibition
Kalocsa Town’s Gallery @ Kalocsa – Society of Artists of Székesfehérvár group exhibition
Erdei Ferenc Cultural Centre and Art School @ Kecskemét 1st International Silicate Art Triennale
2004Pelican Gallery @ Székesfehérvár – Desire, Virus, Scandal titled independent exhibition (delivered by: Katalin Izinger, art historian, curator)
Szent István Cultural Centre @ Székesfehérvár – Fehérvár Salon (photography and ceramics)
Medgyessy Ferenc Memorial Museum @ Debrecen – 18th Debrecen’s National Exhibition
Pelican Gallery @ Székesfehérvár – ERÓSZ titled exhibition
2003Csók István Képtár @ Székesfehérvár – County Fejér’s Fall Exhibition
Pelican Gallery @ Székesfehérvár – HEAD -RANGE titled regional exhibition
Gallleria d’ Arte Moderna Aroldo Bonzagni @ Celto, Italy – Group exhibition of the Székesfehérvárian artists
2002Hotel Szépalma @ Zirc – independent exhibition
Szent István Cultural Centre @ Székesfehérvár – Fehérvár Salon (photo)
Hungarian Aluminium Industry’s Museum @ Székesfehérvár – I’m crotchety titled independent exhibition (delivery by: Erzsébet Szűcs, art historian)
2001Szatmári Museum @ Mátészalka (in collaboration with Péter Tóth)
Polgárdi Elementary School @ Polgárdi – independent exhibition
2000Hungarian Aluminium Industry’s Museum @ Székesfehérvár (in collaboration with Péter Tóth)
House of Crafts @ Székesfehérvár (in collaboration with János Gál and István Hollósi)
Vörösmarty Theatre @ Székesfehérvár (in collaboration with István Laki and Péter Tóth)
1999Vörösmarty Theatre @ Székesfehérvár (in collaboration with Péter Tóth)
1997Polgárdi Gallery @ Polgárdi (in collaboration with István Laki and Péter Tóth)
Urban Art Centre @ Mátészalka (in collaboration with István Laki and Péter Tóth)
Cultural Centre @ Aba – independent exhibition
JAK Gallery @ Székesfehérvár (in collaboration with István Laki and Péter Tóth and Andrea CS. Szabó)
Congress Centre @ Budapest – “Autodidact” titled National Amateur Fine- and Applied Arts Exhibition
1996County Fejér’s Amateur Fine – and Applied Arts Exhibition
1994MMK @ Székesfehérvár – Art Exhibition of Székesfehérvár

Awards:

2005Balaton Exhibition; National Fine Art Biennale Award of County Zala
1996County Fejér’s Amateur Fine- and Applied Arts Exhibition’s Award

Memberships:

National Association of Hungarian Artists
Society of Artists of Székesfehérvár

Workshops:

2012Gambia, Gunjur
2011Paczków, Poland
2010Mór, Hungary
2010Certaldo (La Meridiana), Italy
2009Mór – Árkipuszta, Hungary
2008Paczków, Poland
1996Szálka, Hungary
1994Siklós, Hungary
1993Zebegény, Hungary




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