What makes me paint?
The sheer joy of doing it. It gives me boundless pleasure in more ways
than one: sensually, emotionally, and intellectually.
It gives me total satisfaction. It gives me a sense of liberty. It allows
me to express anything, and everything.
Or at least, it provides me with an opportunity to try.
I want to share my joy of painting with you.
I am also a visual storyteller. I have a lot to say. Of course, I am aware
that there may well be a discrepancy
between what the painter intends to express and what the viewer absorbs.
My paintings act as doors. Enter one and you will be transported into
my world without ever having left your own. Will you take the mantle of
Orpheus, or that of Alice? The choice is yours. Feel free to discover
every nook and cranny. Should you find the very interpretation I intended,
we obviously have something in common, and that makes me happy. Should
you happen upon an interpretation that I never thought of, it is fulfilling
to know that you have found something special to you, and that makes me
is the well of the past. There are so many secrets buried in the depths
of human experience. I am interested in origins, in individual and collective
memory, the traces left by time. What can we achieve for ourselves, what
can we achieve in the world? What can be passed on in the relatively short
span that is human life? Emotions, relations, objects. What remains of
all these as they pile up layers upon layers well beyond our life? Or
in the eyes and recollections of those living next to us? All the beautiful
and ugly traces of destruction and reconstruction. Paintings feed on memories.
are influenced by time, by dreams, by pain, by joy, by fear, by love.
I come from Central Europe (Hungary). I carry with me the loaded baggage
of judeo-christian idealism. I was present at the collapse of the Berlin
Wall, I went to Morocco to discover a different culture and found myself,
and I came to Montreal to be part of the incredible caleidoscope of global
existence that infuses this city with individual and collective histories
from all over.
All these influences, all these memories and experiences are simultaneously
present in my mind when I paint. They guide my hand into reproducing the
layers of translucent, yet concealing colours you'll find in my oil paintings.
The same approach characterizes my electro-images, as well as my works
produced on collated paper, where the aspect of layering is present both
in the material and the method of painting.
I studied art and painting in Budapest, computer graphics in Berlin and
Japan, the works of European old masters in Italy and the Netherlands,
as well as works of great masters in the workshops of Casablanca, Essaouira,
I constantly seek out light, which sometimes comes from afar, but is never
totally absent. I do not believe in a strict division of figurative and
abstract modes of representation. Just as we would never accept to give
up our reason for the sake of our emotions, or vice versa, I believe it
is unreasonable to expect exclusive choices in the modes of representation.
Painting is struggling. Struggling with having to arrive at decisions
at every stage throughout the creative process - but who says painting
GRANTS 1995 - 1996 Morocco
1985 -1986 Belgium
SYMPOSIA 1993 Symposium Intermedia,
paper presented: "What is electro-image?"
Hungarian University of Fine Arts and ARS Electronica Linz
EXPERIENCE 1996 - 1999 Teacher of Art, Institut Francais de Casablanca
1997 - 1999 Advisor in exhibition design, Musée du Judaisme Marocain
1997 - 1998 Professor of Graphic Design, Art'Com, École de Design
et de Communication Casablanca, Morocco
1996 Conception and design of exhibition space of Philips-Maroc, SITEB
1995 - 1997 Teacher of Art, Carrefour des Arts, Espace Liberté,
Casa Accueil Casablanca, Morocco
1993 - 1995 Teacher of Art and Art History, Corvin Matyas High School
1994 Mural work of art (fresco) of 100m2, Sport Centre Hajduszoboszlo,
1985 Bronze relief for Internationales Festival der Filmhochschulen Munchen
1982-1984 Teacher of Art and Art History, Horvath Laszlo High School Budapest,
COVERAGE KHATIB, Abdeslam. L'autre dimension, Al Bayane, Morocco, 1998
KENESSEI, Andras. Des toiles d'art électro-image, Libération,
À la découverte de l'art électro-image, Le Matin
du Sahara et du Maghreb, Morocco, 1998
Une hongroise au Maroc, La Vie économique, Morocco, 1998
T.C., Peinture xérographique, Maroc hebdo International, Morocco,
KHATIB, Abdeslam. Vera David: Art électro-image, Al Bayane, Morocco
CHEIKH, Abdellah. Un panorama de la création artistique à
Essaouira, Al Bayane, Morocco, 1996
Le matin, Vera David expose au Musée des Oudayas, Morocco, 1995
TV 2M Maroc, Interview, Morocco, 1995
EL KASRI, Hoceïne. Les icones de la fée électricité,
L'opinion, Morocco, 1995
XURIGUERA, Gerard. Vera David, Demeures et Chateaux Arts et gens, Paris,
SZOMBATHY, Balint. David Vera Art electro-image, Balkon, Budapest, Hungary,
Petofi Radio, Interview, Budapest, Hungary, 1994
Amigraphics, Works by Vera David, Budapest, Hungary, 1991
KARPATI, Tamas. An Auctioneer's Discovery, Daily News, Budapest, Hungary,
KENESSEI, Andras. Vera David, Painter, Magyar Hirlap, Budapest, Hungary,
ORGANIZATIONS Hungarian Artists Association (Elected member)
National Association of Hungarian Artists
Hungarian Painters Association
RAAV - Regroupement des Artistes en Arts Visuelles du Québec
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