István Sándorfi


 Sandorfi was born in 1948 in Budapest, Hungary. Since the age of ten he lived in Paris, where he studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs. Sandorfi died in December, 2007.
He and his family left Hungary in 1956, lived in Germany between 1956-58, lived in France since 1958.  In the 70 years since the beginning of fifteen years, he used his own model. From a simple portrait location of different objects over time combined with a complex, often aggressive, theatrical settings are taken over. In his paintings to explore many of narcissism and masochism they read, even though the constant repetition of self-representation is due to the fact that work interferes with others, whether a model is present. In recent years, primarily still lifes and images of female models painted. Not ready for found photographs copied, since the preparation of the photo - the subject framing, lighting models, body position, environment and choice of colors of the costume was part of creative work. Although perfect technical knowledge of painting executed figures, objects appear deceptively real - to create a diversity of motives - not the hyper-realist painters classified themselves among.

Sandorfi’s painting style, which blends a meticulous realistic technique with elements of surrealism, has been featured for the past three decades in important European galleries including Isy Brachot. His provocative draped figures and still-lifes appear in important private collections and museums on several continents, notably Centre Georges Pompidou, Musee de la Ville de Paris, Kunsthalle in Nuremberg, and the Taiwan Museum of Art, among others. A show at the Arnot Museum in upstate New York featured two of his recent paintings. Art Fairs at which his works have been exhibited include FIAC, Basel, Ghent, Art Miami, ArtFair Seattle, and New York’s International 20th Century Arts Fair.

Masters:
self-taught


Artist Statement:  I never had the impression that I really knew how to paint, not in the past, not now. If you paint, you are simply never satisfied.







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