József Csató draws inspiration from motifs borrowed from nature, combining them with dreamlike figures and other fantastic creatures in the creation of beautifully quirky compositions that are simultaneously figurative and abstract.
Csató’s paintings speak a very unique visual language and fuse a number of art-historical references in his world of fantasy. His compositions often feature totemic figures and hybrids reminiscent of ancient, prehistoric cultures and civilisations, which the artist deliberately fuses with European compositional schemas such as still life, landscape or even portraiture. In his unfettered visual world, characterised by humour and playfulness, it is not unusual for strange forms resembling plants and anthropomorphic hybrid figures to emerge from the surfaces of his brightly coloured paintings. His figures and forms are part of a kind of psychedelic and personal symbolism, in which the amorphous shapes seem to represent real, existing beings.
József Csató (b. 1980, Hungary) lives and works in Budapest, Hungary. He completed his studies at the painting department of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in 2006, under the instruction of Dóra Maurer. A three-time recipient of the Gyula Derkovits Art Scholarship, he is also the winner of the Esterházy Art Award in 2013, a prestigious award for young artists in Hungary. He has held solo exhibitions at PLUS-ONE Gallery, Antwerp; Semiose Gallery, Paris; Sean Horton, New York; Galleri Urbane, Dallas; Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna. His works can be found in numerous private and institutional collections, including Ludwig Museum, Hungarian National Bank and Beth Rudin DeWoody.
Meet The Artist: József CsatóJune 17, 2022My name is József Csató , I am a painter living and working in Budapest, Hungary. Becoming an artist wasn't decided in one moment. I would rather say that it is the result of a (perhaps still ongoing) process that today I can do what I love most. It was an important point when, towards the end of university, I decided that I wasn't going to look for a job in order to support my painting practice. I have seen in my environment that it always backfires and there is...Read more
József Csató: TREASURES, TREES, FIRE and BONES17 Jun - 16 Jul 2022In general, Csató's art deals with the exploration and variation of the potential of a shape or a figure in a repetitive way. Strange forms resembling plants, anthropomorphic hybrid figures, alongside motifs reminiscent of pipes, drops, pots and freely invented 'signs' emerge from the surfaces of his sensual paintings, bursting...Read more
Art Central: József Csató22 - 25 Mar 2023For Art Central 2023, Double Q Gallery is delighted to present a solo booth by Hungarian artist József Csató titled Going Home, featuring a site-specific painting installation and a new body of works. The installation takes the form of an inviting room, in which arches, soft flooring and lamplight create an interior space that is in itself a meticulously designed trompe-l'œil. Upon entering this visually deceptive pictorial space, the observer encounters references to art and cultural history: the artist alludes to the compositional principle of “a painting within a painting”,...Read more