HUN-ted – works by Hungarian artist Endre Kis


The Hungarian artist has developed a characteristic – photo-based, computer-inspired – compositional principle that reflects the existential struggle of the person who is seeking for order in the fragmentized reality. His painted art is a unique (self-) therapy practice: a trauma loaded past, the dreamlike rereading of the subjective memory. A recurring theme in Endre Kis’s work is the Balkan war; from this cataclysm he reveals either the break-up of family ties or the post-traumatic symptoms of the falling apart of the ex -Yugoslav community as it was experienced as a child, interspersed by stylistic quotation primarily taken from the German expressionism, or occasionally from pop art. This pseudo-reality denotes at the same time the reference framework for his own worldview: the artist conveys his self-portraits a temporary identity when he uses the emblematic portrait works known from the history of art as a kind of mask or layer to overwrite his own self-portrait. In the Roadkill series the artist examines the negative impact of the human civilization from his own perspective. The compositions built on the combination of three symbolic motives (natural environment, concrete and the animals falling prey in between) deal with the tragic side of the human development.