Csaba Markus Biography
Hungarian-born Csaba Markus is an American painter and artist, specializing in serigraphy and etching, apart from various other art techniques. As an artist, he has always tried to create a piece of art which not only pleases the onlooker, but also connects with his heart and soul. While he took to the unique styles of etching and serigraphy as his cutting-edge form, he also experimented with a number of other art forms, including sculpture, mono prints, ceramics, handmade papers, and animation. He is, predominantly, dedicated towards presenting the Renaissance, Neo-Classic and Romantic periods in the modern-day era called ‘Contemporary Classicism’. By representing his unusual creations on the canvas, Csaba Markus endeavors to generate awareness for the long-lost classical culture amongst the modern generation. He has often been appreciated for creating paintings with contrasting images of the Eternal Feminine—as a mortal woman and as a mythological goddess. His unique styles, unconventional art forms, and inventive ideas have continued to surprise his admirers across the world; interestingly, his ideas surpass his own expectations with every new masterpiece. He enjoys the status of being among the most notable contemporary artists across the world, with his collectors eagerly awaiting the release of his new artworks.
- Csaba Markus was born on January 26, 1953, in Budapest, Hungary, to Karoly Markus and Szollos Erzsebet.
- From a young age, he was attracted towards art and took inspiration from the baroque architecture and the castles and palaces dating back to the Renaissance era.
- Csaba Markus started training as a sculptor under the renowned Hungarian academic, Ferenc Mohacsi Regos.
- He went on to excel in his chosen artistic area and was appreciated and supported by his teachers. He was just 14 when his work made its way to public appearance on international public television.
- Most of his works reflected the Renaissance, Neo-Classic and Romantic periods, with avant-garde and abstraction being his top styles.
- It was gradually becoming difficult for him to work within the confines of the communist beliefs of Hungary. He was in search of an environment that would nurture his growth and allow him artistic freedom. He migrated to America in 1978 to escape the rigid Hungarian communist regime..
- He settled down in Mission Viejo, California, where he opened a fine art studio and continued blending Old World ideas and Renaissance philosophies in his work.
- Through his studio, he was successful in creating an environment which was receptive to new ideas and innovations, and challenging himself each day to design a new piece of artwork.
- While becoming a self-supporting artist, he tried his hand at different mediums and techniques, including metal sculpture, silk screen, stone lithographs, handmade papers, animation, serigraphs, etchings, and ceramics.
- Among all the art prints, he considered serigraphy as the most difficult, yet beautiful, struggle allowing him to play with a variety of colors, textures, and intricate details in order to create a distinct masterpiece.
- He used to handcraft each of the limited edition serigraphs personally using an assortment of materials such as, platinum, ground glass, dried pigments, and 24-carat gold, depicting the European craftsmanship.
- Some of his known serigraphs include ‘Harmonia on Canvas’, ‘Emerald Rhapsody’, ‘Constantina’, ‘Diamond Muse’, ‘Medolia Serigraph’, ‘La Bella Serigraph’, ‘Florenza’, and ‘Lafeminine Serigraph on paper’.
- His etchings were a mixture of the early Renaissance artworks of Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, and Botticelli with the rich and vivid innovations of Michelangelo and Giotto, presented through stylized, beautiful and sensual feminine figures.
- Some of his dry-point etching creations are: ‘Adoration of Thalia’, ‘Muse of Fortune’, ‘Athene’, ‘Bold Spirit’, ‘Allegaria’, ‘Tascana Nude’, ‘Lady of Spring’, ‘Lyra’, and ‘Unicorn Dance’.
- He established his own publishing company, Dreaming Muse, in 2004, under which he released a few fine art books such as, ‘Gems and Rhapsodies’ (2004), ‘Artist and Muses: The Life and Art of Csaba Markus’ (2007) and ‘Artist & Muses’ (Silk Edition, 2008).
- Off late, he has attempted to modify the ‘Contemporary Classicism’ of the Old Masters technique to produce a distinct style of his own, similar to the artists who merged Classicism into Renaissance, during the 14th and 15th centuries.
- Some of his famous paintings include: ‘Giorgianna’, ‘Triumph of Venus’, ‘Tianna’, ‘Aqua Smphonia’, ‘Muses of Tray’, ‘Honoria’, ‘Irisiana’, ‘Angelicas’, ‘Women of the Palace’, ‘Enchantment’, and ‘La danseuse en jouir’.
- The newspaper, Toronto Sun, included his oil painting ‘Pure Love’ among the world’s 10 most sensual paintings.
- He is honored to have his works exhibited in some of the most prominent art galleries in France, Japan, England, United States, and Russia..
- This contemporary artist follows a unique technique of making an oil painting, by using thin and transparent paint layers before adding a final hue. As such, as many as 30 layers are used, with special focus on eyes and mouth.
- His etchings are created using two to three copper plates, while his serigraphs are printed using over 100 colors.
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