Sándor Barics in a nutshell?
Born in Hungary, Nationality Hungarian. Married since 20 years. Studied art in Munich, Berlin and in New York City, Painting since 30 years. Medium : Acryl Painting, Heavy textured artworks, using soft materials in my assemblages – like foam, rubber, platic waste but also stones, sand, wood and cardboard. I love also photography and architecture a lot.
Your artistic singularity: what are the major themes you pursue in your work?
Abstract Landscapes, Architecture, Space, Planetary surfaces and interesting structures / Compositions. i.e. I am painting the surface of Mars since 1997. My paintings are made to touch. When I am in the mood, I love to make video art pieces in my spare time. Since 1996 I exhibit regularly in international galleries and my artworks are in numerous privat and some selected public collections.
Mars- Frozen Lava Fields
Your encounter with art?
I had studied classical music in my childhood and teen years. I was surrounded with great art books all my life and for the first time I saw Rubens, Vermeer and Rembrandt artworks I was hooked. My very first artwork, was a copy of Edward Munch´s “Scream”. However I moved away intentionally from figurative works and started to use the compositions of this great artworks in my non-figurative paintings. Compositions, color, depth and light but also a fascinating surface is important to me. I adore the color red and white…
Which techniques do you use?
Acrylic painting, assemblage . Kurt Schwitters used “MERZ” , found objects in his artworks…. I liked that technique too and I am using it. It makes my “abstract” works more connected to reality.
An artist or an artwork which particularly inspires you?
In the early 90s, I used to love all the modern artist. I was inspired by Dali, Dada, Kandinsky, Malevich, Yves Klein, Alberto Burri but I also adored almost all of the abstract expressionist artists. I met Helen Frankenthaler and Cy Twombly in person too. But then later I discovered Anselm Kiefer artworks, the fascinating surfaces of Lee Bontecou & Bram Bogart and Robert Rauschenberg combined paintings. Larry Poons, was one of my instructor in New York City. He left also a great impression on me. Recent contemporary artist I adore are: Florian Baudrexel, Jannis Kounellis, Bosco Sodi , Carly Brett and Halina Sayfidoniva.