Kata GAÁL

Kata GAÁL

Typical Instance

Productive Grund

Role Model

Retro Fitness

About the works

Kata Gaál has always had an autonomous and experimental approach and, despite her young age, she creates a characteristic visual world in her works. Her highly individual collage and montage techniques require special materials such as wax, wood or pieces of fabric built into the artworks creating interesting and relief-like surfaces on the wooden panels. In her most recent works, she applies LED lights, plush animals and even a hobbyhorse’s symbolic form to the surface.
Her paintings usually reflect on her own experiences, so in her works we can see the actual universal questions in which she is interested. Currently, important topics presented in her works are stereotypical social and gender norms and how these norms are changing with time. Specifically, questions relating to the role of women, relationships, clothing, dominance, or the question of having a child are explored. Gaál formulates social criticism with simple casual scenes with retro slides and the emblematic characters of mothers immersed into their cell phones.

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Kata GAÁL
1984, Budapest (H)


Studies

2012-2017
Hungarian University of Fine Arts – Graphics Department, Budapest (H)
Masters: Somorjai-Kiss Tibor, Kőnig Róbert, Berentz Péter, Madácsy István

2011-2012
Secondary School of Fine Arts in Óbuda- Graphics Department, Budapest (H)

 

Solo Exhibitions

2019
Typical Instance – Várfok Project Room, Budapest (H)

2018
Social Par[i]ty – Kahan Art Space, Budapest (H)

2016
In.put – MissionArt Gallery, Budapest (H)

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020
Graphic Triennale Miskolc – Miskolci Galéria, Miskolc (H)
Art for Act – joint exhibition of LuppArt and UNICEF, Brody House, Budapest (H)
art KARLSRUHE (with Várfok Gallery), Karlsruhe (D)

2019
Art Market, Budapest (H)
Digit/Klasszik III. Photographical transcriptions, Vizivárosi Gallery, Budapest

2018
Art Market Budapest, Budapest (H)
Explorers – YBL Budai Creative House (H)
Urbanist Auras – Bartok 1 Gallery, Budapest

2017
Óbuda-Szimbád – Esernyős Gallery, Budapest (H)
Entrée – Buda Castle District – Mikve, Budapest (H)
Art Moments – Alee Art Gallery, Budapest (H)
Best of Diploma – MKE (University of Fine Arts), Budapest (H)
Graphics2 Open – MKE (University of Fine Arts), Budapest (H)
XXVII. Miskolc’s Graphic Triennial – Miskolc Gallery (H)
Amygdala – Gallery of Miskolc, Miskolc (H)
Art Enterieur – spring contemporary auction, Blitz Gallery, Budapest (H)

2016
Twenty Years of Élesd Art Colony – Kunsthalle, Budapest (H)
Art Market Budapest 2016 – Millenáris, Budapest (H)
Art Enterieur – autumn contemporary auction, Blitz Gallery, Budapest
Exhibition of the Élesd art Colony – Oradea (RO)

2015
Selected Exhibition of Miskolc’s Graphic Triennials, Kolozsvári Szépművészeti Múzeum – Bánffy Palace, Cluj Napoca (RO)
Barcsay – Award Winners Exhibition – University of Fine Arts, Budapest (H)

2014
Exhibition of the Élesd art Colony – Oradea (RO)
XXVI. Graphic Triennal of Miskolc winners, Műterem Gallery, Debrecen (H)
XXVI. Miskolc’s Graphic Triennial – Miskolc Gallery, Miskolc (H)
QR code, Hungarian University of Fine Art, Budapest (H)

2013
Beyond the Zone – Élesd Art Colony – IX-XI Gallery, Budapest (H)
BauOXIt Festival Óbuda Vocational School of Fine Arts (H)

2011
A/4 – Vajda Lajos studio, Szentendre (H)

 

Awards

2017
Main Prize of the 3rd. Óbuda Fine Arts Exhibition

 2015
Olgyai Viktor Prize

2014
XXVI. Graphic Triennial of Miskolc – Common Prize of the Miskolc Gallery and the MissionArt Gallery

 

Memberships

Budapest Art Mentor Membership
Élesd Art Colony Membership
DIO creative space and gallery