Árpád Forgó

lives and works in Budapest

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Árpád Forgó is interested in experimental painting, in the question of broadening the interpretation of non-figurative panel painting by keeping its painting feature and by exploring the borderline between painting and sculpture. His shaped canvas works are built from his pre-defined modular system, where structure, shape, measurements and rhythm as well as the planar and spatial relationships are in the focus of his research. He is intensively experimenting with materials in order to create different surfaces that characterise each of his works. In recent years, the rectangular modules were tilted and the new parallelogram-shaped modules made the compositions dynamic.

Árpád Forgó's works fit into the stream of contemporary art, which develops the heritage of abstraction with its own methods. The versatility of his compositions only opens up to the viewer when he moves in front of the work; surrounding space, air, light, shadow become part of it.

The artist, who lives in Budapest, clearly follows the tradition of Concrete Art, but expands it with a playful approach and a love of experimentation. Forgó creates works with a luminosity and colour intensity that offer us wonderfully sensual stimuli. He seduces the viewer to look closely and check whether he can believe his eyes. The subtle gradient of colour on a canvas, for example, is created by the curvature of a slightly three-dimensional stretched canvas. Here the artist explores the boundary between "shaped canvas" and object-like pictorial body. Yet his works always remain paintings and do not question it. The colours the artist uses radiate. The reflection of them on the wall extends the picture beyond its boundaries. The craft element of his mostly formally reduced constructions is always important and always of great appeal. Beauty and joy as a moment of experience are in successful dialogue with deliberate conceptual limitation.

Forgó was born in Budapest, Hungary. He has participated in group shows widely at galleries and museums, including Ludwig Museum and Vasarely Museum, Hungary; Museum Ritter, Germany; Mark Rothko Art Center, Latvia; and Griffin Gallery, UK. The artist had solo shows at Anya Tish Gallery, Houston, USA; Milano Gallery, Warsaw, Poland; Rómer Flóris Museum of Art and History and Viltin Gallery in Hungary. He has been invited to numerous artist-in-residence programs, including The Vermont Studio Center, USA; Sydney Non Objective Contemporary Art Projects, Australia; The Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Shanghai, China and most recently The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Connecticut, USA. Currently he is a grantee of The Pollock-Krasner Foundation.


born in Budapest
Can Serrat International Art Center, El Bruc, Spain (Artist-In-Residence)
The Gershwin Hotel, New York (Artist-In-Residence)
Visegrad Artist Residency Program, Warsaw (Artist-In-Residence)
Druskininkai Artists' Residence, Druskininkai, Lithuania (Artist-In-Residence)
Sydney Non Objective Contemporary Art Projects, Sydney (Artist-In-Residence)
Hungarian Academy in Rome (Artist-In-Residence)
Vermont Studio Center, VT (Artist-In-Residence)
The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation, New Berlin, NY (Artist-In-Residence)
Rómer Flóris Museum of Art and History, Győr, Hungary (Artist-In-Residence)
Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, Trondheim (Artist-In-Residence)
Rómer Flóris Museum of Art and History, Győr, Hungary (Artist-In-Residence)
The Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Shanghai (Artist-In-Residence)
Mark Rothko Art Centre, Daugavpils, Latvia (Artist-In-Residence)
The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany, CT (Artist-In-Residence)
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation grantee, New York
Jardin Rouge, Montresso Art Foundation, Marrakesh, Morocco

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Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

2024 Structure Texture Volume (with Sergio Femar), Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne, DE (S)
Objective Case, Liszt Institute – Hungarian Cultural Center Brussels, Belgium (S)
Up to a Point, Klaipeda Culture Communication Centre, Klaipeda, Lithuania (S)
Debut :: Inaugural Open, &Gallery, Edinburgh, UK (G)
unbunt // achromatic, Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne, DE (G)
2023 Dialogue – Shaped Colours (with Moritz Moll), Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne, DE (S)
Schlieder Contemporary, Frankfurt am Main, DE (S)
Galerie 21.06, Ravensburg , DE (S)
Formula, Galeria Milano, Warschau, Poland (S)
Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, UK (G)
focus: hungary, Nonsofia Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria (G)
2022 Hybridart Space, Budapest (S)
Paks Art Gallery, Paks, Hungary (S)
Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (G)
Contraction & Release, AiS Gallery, Shibukawa, Japan (G)
Rinko-Kaku Tea House Project 2021, Maebashi, Gunma, Japan (G)
2021 ENA Viewing Space, Budapest (S)
Saturation Point, London (S)
Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (G)
AiS Gallery, Shibukawa, Japan (G)
Rinko-kaku Tea House Project, Maebashi, Gunma, Japan (G)
Hybridart Space, Budapest (G)
2020 Anya Tish Gallery, Houston, Texas (S)
Saturation Point, London (S)
Proto Gomez Gallery, New york City (G)
AiS Gallery, Shibukawa, Japan (G)
Rinko-kaku Tea House Project, Maebashi, Gunma, Japan (G)
Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (G)
ENA Viewing Space, Budapest (S)
2019 Galeria Milano, Warsaw (S)
Museum Ritter, Waldenbuch, Germany (G)
Ludwig Museum, Budapest (G)
Vasarely Museum, Budapest (G)
Galeria Milano, Warschau (G)
National Centre of Contemporary Arts, Minsk (G)
2018 Viltin Gallery, Budapest (S)
Rómer Flóris Museum of Art and History, Györ, Hungary (S)
Rómer Flóris Museum of Art and History, Györ, Hungary (G)
International Symposium, Mark Rothko Art Centre, Daugavpils, Latvia (G)
Viltin Gallery, Budapest (G)
2017 Galeria Milano, Warsaw (S)
Anya Tish Gallery, Houston, Texas (S)
raum2810, Bonn (G)
FUGA Budapest Center of Architecture, Budapest (G)
Rómer Flóris Museum of Art and History, Györ, Hungary (G)
Das Esszimmer goes Weltraum, Basel (G)
The Sam and Adele Golden Gallery, New Berlin, NY (G)
Latarka Gallery, Budapest (G)
2016 Platán Gallery, Budapest (S)
BABEL Art Space, Trondheim (S)
B55 Gallery, Budapest (G)
Viltin Gallery, Budapest (G)
2015 Anya Tish Gallery, Houston, Texas (S)
Budapest Project Gallery, Budapest (G)
Spazi Aperti XIIIa Edizione 2015, Accademia di Romania, Rome (G)
Flux Gallery, Budapest (G)
2014 Hungarian Cultural Institute, Warsaw (S)
Galeria Milano, Warschau (S)
Saatchi Art, Griffin Gallery, London (G)
2013 Flux Gallery, Budapest (S)
SNO, Sydney (G)
2011 Hungarian Cultural Institute, Warsaw (S)
2010 Hungarian Cultural Center, Brussels (S)
Gallery Suez, The Hague (S)
Drongengoedhoeve, Knesselare, Belgium (G)
2nd International Biennial of Painters and Sculptors, Milesi Palace, Split (G)
2009 Galerija Laterna, Crnomelj, Slowenia (S)
University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu, HI (G)
Loudoun House, Lexington, KY (G)
2008 The Geshwin Hotel Gallery, New York, NY (S)
The FUEL Collection, Philadelphia, PA (G)
West Tampa Center for the Arts, Tampa, FL (G)
Premio Profilo d’Arte 2008, Museo della Permanente, Milan (G)
2006 Merlin, Budapest (S)
2005 Retorta Gallery, Budapest (S)




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