Angelika Toth

Born

Vác, Hungary

Currently Resides

Budapest, Hungary

Artwork Type

Painting

Education

2008 Milano - Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera – Erasmus scholarship
2004 -2009 Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest M.F.A-Painting
2000-2004 Miskolc University, Faculty of Arts
1991-1995 Boronkay György High School, Vác (specializing in computer programming)

Interview:

This is what Angelica says about herself and her art:

With all my artworks I instigate the spectator to immerse themselves into the space where they can wander, daydream and get themselves lost completely. For years, in my paintings I was interpreting cafés, parks and streets – the faces of the city; at times I completely left out the urban motives and focused on scenes, on people and on movements.

My imagination was inspired by a cavalcade of antagonistic feelings. My paintings - and also my planned paintings - portray the urban life, and of course, the men and human relationships. They depict the balance and simultaneously talk about a continuous quest – to go deeper and deeper, to get to know more and more, but above all about to discover ourselves - to immerse ourselves into the deeper, mysterious layers of mind and the soul, to pioneer an other space.

Sometimes there is tension and sometimes there is harmony amongst the depicted figures – as such it is in human relations or between the men and its surroundings. Opposition has always been an essential element of my paintings and also of my way of thinking – “chaos” and “order”.

There is antagonism inside me, too; hence the constant pulsation, then the absolute calmness and quietness. I need both of them. Without each other for me they do not exist. They are shifting and their manifestation appear only in the dimension of time – and are constantly present in my paintings.

The dynamism of my paintings is created by this duality and inner tension; the emotional dimensions and feelings are mingled in my paintings just as the forms and colors. My style is expressive, it grips atmospheres. I quickly transform and depict the effects and inspirations of the outside world – this way, by the fast and instinctive decision (probably) only the essential things make it to the canvas. I have definite visual concepts about each painting when I start to work on them; however, I leave open the possibility to incorporate the incidental into my pictures, to deviate from the original plan.

I try to recreate the movement by the painting materials, too. Occasionally my pictures fall between abstraction and depiction. I try to catch the state when, in making the painting, the depicted motive are about to take shape but the material (the paint) is still fresh, paint-like, well palpable; in such case the completed painting is like a photograph from the distance, however, taking a closer look, one can easily see the exaggerated gestures, the abstract ensemble of such.

The visual dynamics is important to me; I work fast. Further and further ideas emerging in me while painting. I think in series and in variations. The journey bears enormous importance to me: I “find” my subjects when traveling, in such occasions I make an enormous number of clack ink drawings, or, if the conditions allow, even large pictures.

My search for subjects is not compulsive: I am simply ready and when I find it, I try to record it in my memory or in drawings. Traveling charges me, with experiences, with the need to create – when I get home, I can hardly wait to start painting large size panel paintings.

I love large cities, towns, the journey, different people – the life that vibrates there makes my whole soul excited. Each has their own ambiance, scent and noise. Being inside and still looking at them from the outside, from a distance. So many cities, myriad ways of life – the carnival of moods, colors, positive and negative feelings. The process of painting – layers of paint and time, the struggle of shades and lights – making the extended moments endless, while space is the basis of all for me. My art is based, both in its subjects, in its mindset and in its methods of painting on the “classic” and/or “traditional”, mostly European conventions.

Awards and Honors:

  • 2012 Artist-exchange program, Strasbourg (CEAAC), FRANCE
  • 2011, 2013 Derkovits art scholarship
  • 2009 Corvinus prize
  • 2007 Erasmus scholarship

Solo Exhibitions:

  • 2013 Commerzbank Gallery (with Elod Orbán), Budapest, HUNGARY
  • 2013 Red and Black (with József Gaál) – Look Gallery, Budapest, HUNGARY
  • 2013 National Dance Theatre Gallery, Budapest, HUNGARY
  • 2012 Tragor Ignác Museum - Greek Temple Exhibition Hall, Vác, HUNGARY
  • 2010 Beijing 798 Art Zone – Hungarian Art in China, Beijing, CHINA
  • 2009 Commerzbank Gallery (with Judit Rabóczky), Budapest, HUNGARY
  • 2009 Galerie in Bewegung, Landshut, GERMANY
  • 2008 Artitude Gallery, Budapest, HUNGARY
Angelika Toth Collection

Cave
140cm x 140cm / 55in x 55in
$6,300

The Taste of Salt Water I
120cm x 120cm / 47in x 47in
$4,700

Close to the Sun
110cm x 80cm / 43in x 31in
$2,900

Fade Out
100cm x 100cm / 39in x 39in
$4,000

Walls
150cm x 100cm / 59in x 39in
$4,300

Initiation
120cm x 120cm / 47in x 47in
$3,900

Shipping News-2 Pieces
200cm x 100cm / 79in x 39in
$6,000

Fusion-2pieces
240cm x 100cm / 94in x 39in
$6,000

Golfers
150cm x 100cm / 59in x 39in
$4,200

Mischievous Day
100cm x 90cm / 39in x 35in
$3,000

Jungle
120cm x 85cm / 47in x 33in
$2,650

Radiating Light
200cm x 150cm / 79in x 59in
$7,000

View of Barcelona
160cm x 80cm / 63in x 31in
$4,100

The Seductress II
100cm x 150cm / 39in x 59in
$4,250

The Game
110cm x 90cm / 43in x 35in
$3,400

The Philosophy of Silence
140cm x 100cm / 55in x 39in
$4,200

Strategy
110cm x 110cm / 43in x 43in
$3,500

Secret Garden I (Toscana)
110cm x 95cm / 43in x 37in
$2,500

Secret Garden II (Toscana-Firenze)
200cm x 150cm / 79in x 59in
$6,800

Tea for Two
70cm x 70cm / 28in x 28in
$1,950

High Noon
100cm x 150cm / 39in x 59in
$4,200

Fixed Idea
80cm x 160cm / 31in x 63in
$4,000

Link III
160cm x 80cm / 63in x 31in
$4,100

Metropolis
150cm x 100cm / 59in x 39in
$4,200

Revelation
200cm x 150cm / 79in x 59in
$5,100

Ritual
200cm x 150cm / 79in x 59in
SOLD

Serpentine I
150cm x 100cm / 59in x 39in
$4,200

Always Different
70cm x 80cm / 28in x 31in
SOLD

Daydreaming
55cm x 55cm / 22in x 22in
$6,300

Discovery of the New World
70cm x 80cm / 28in x 31in
$1,900

Drum
70cm x 70cm / 28in x 28in
$1,900

Firewater
120cm x 150cm / 47in x 59in
$7,200

Ocean
70cm x 80cm / 28in x 31in
SOLD

Radiating Light II
120cm x 120cm / 47in x 47in
$4,700

Railroad
120cm x 150cm / 47in x 59in
$7,200

The Great Meeting on the Shore
70cm x 80cm / 28in x 31in
$1,900

The Map
120cm x 120cm / 47in x 47in
$4,700

The Taste of Salt Water II
70cm x 70cm / 28in x 28in
$1,700

The Wind Hovers Here
80cm x 80cm / 31in x 31in
$1,600

Wind and Lull
70cm x 70cm / 28in x 28in
$1,700