Román, György Budapest, 1903 - 1981, Budapest
A pupil of István Réti at the Budapest Academy of Fine arts, he also studied in Munich for a year. In 1934-1937 he lived in Shanghai and Tokyo. He made a living in the Far East as a candy-maker while he went in for tough sports including professional boxing. His adventurous life did not prevent him from painting. His first major exhibition was in the budapest Ernst Museum in 1932, and in 1958 and 1983 he presented his works in the Kunsthalle Budapest.
Though trained academically, his painterly outlook preserved a fresh childlike character, drawing him close to primitive painers. His pictures represent his extraordinary experiences, dreams, fantastic reveries and childhood memories a bit with humour, a bit with bitterness, but always with a heart-rendering poetic mystique. The conents of his pictures are always multi-layered, fusing charming appeal and cruelty, nostalgia and anxiety, reality and irrationality. A worldy wisdom is paired with instinctiveness in such a way that man's existential tremors are channelled into the broad stream of a childlike attitude of wonderment.
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