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Tibor Kárpáti (Hungary), exhibition of illustrations

NLB Avla Gallery, Trg Republike 2, Ljubljana

6 March 2014 — 8 May 2014

Tibor Kárpáti is a Hungarian graphic designer and illustrator born in 1978. He studied graphic design at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art & Design in Budapest, where he graduated in 2003 and obtained a Doctorate in Liberal Arts in 2006. While studying, he received a scholarship and studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan for a year. His clients include publications such as The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, Golf Digest, 3x3 Magazine, MIT Technology Review, Éditions MeMo, Callicéphale Éditions, The Room and the University of Udine. His work has been published in GQ, Wired, Architectural Digest, Glamour, W Magazine, Details, Self, Bon Appetit, Vogue, Allure, Axis and 2+3D Magazine, and has also been included in the book Icons of Graphic Design edited by Steven Heller and Mirko Ilić. He is known for his own interpretation of children’s book stories and city landscapes, which have been exhibited in several countries such as Belgium, France, USA, aside from his native country Hungary. He has received many awards, among them in 2013 a diploma for the most beautiful Hungarian book and the IBBY Illustrator of the year award.


Istvan Banyai, renowned illustrator, has written the follwoing on Kárpáti's work: 


To draw a square, hold down the Shift key while dragging diagonally until the square is round! This is the mastery of Tibor Kárpáti, a pixel artist in short. One might say his work is stripped to tease, as it is stripped to the basic blocks… as he uses the pixel as the elementary tool… In his hands the square gets rounded, as a pictogram. He is a graphic artist from Hungary, one of the earliest contenders to experiment with this self-imposed constrain of the medium to reduce it to the bone, while transferring the thread of the format and the content from gobelin to digit, to the electronic blip, always keeping the narrative going… since he is the child of the Matrix in our computer age… the digital generation. From fairy tale to bankruptcy… his style can convey any message, whether the client be The New Yorker magazine or a children's books publisher… or Citibank. He is playful, decorative… straight to the point in an absurd way to express how we are reduced to nanosecond interactions… split second sunsets… fast food and sugarless candy, or mostly zeroes and perhaps (on a lucky day) even ones in our binary Universe! Our fragmented, puzzled uniform existence seems a bit poetic in his translation… cheering up the monotony – showing a tiny sign of life in the data sheet type daily routine! Admit it, our self-imposed world is “square”, Kárpáti is holding the mirror! It is a forgiving playful take… with humour and panache... but quite serious if you think about it twice. 0 or 1?  


The exhibition will open on Thursday 6th March 2014 and will run until 8th May 2014. The gallery is open every working day from 8 am until 6 pm.


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