Balint Zsako‘s work attempts to filter the disparate elements of contemporary art through the language of figurative painting. His approach ranges from conceiving the works as performance art recorded using Indian miniatures, land art described by medieval illumination, conceptual art acted out by the figures on a Greek vase or installation art transcribed into Egyptian hieroglyphs. Typically the starting point for these pieces begins with copying the pose of a figure from a photograph or an old master painting. The next step is attempting to work out what direction the narrative is going to take, whether that is a minimalist construction of microphones and light bulbs, a flock of birds or a vascular system that turns into the roots of a flowering plant. Many of the narrative elements in Zsako’s paintings focus on themes of bodily functions, human interactions, sex and death. These concerns are balanced by strict considerations of geometric and color relationships.
Balint Zsako was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1979 and immigrated to Canada with his family in 1988. Since graduating with a B.A in Fine Arts from Ryerson University in Toronto, he has exhibited his photographs, collages, sculptures, paintings and drawings internationally. The New Yorker Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, The Walrus Magazine, Poetry Magazine and the New York Times Magazine have all featured his works.
Presented with Katherine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects