In the past year, I started to be concerned about the role of memories, in the individual personality and the common culture as well. I dealt with my own photos and slides as pieces of memories. I recreated my past with a working method, which is mainly involving -more or less- accidentally made compositions.

In the second period of developing this project, I’ve got inspired by the method of personal life story interview being used on the fields of sociology. One interview can be 4-5 hours long, and the interviewer analyzes it deeply in details. The text of the interview, starting with the individual’s birth or earlier, with the parents or grandparents life, and generally finishing with the situation today. Between the beginning and the finish, the separated scenes of life are completely mixed up in time.

The speaker is following the narration of reminiscence. There are links between the scenes, which exist in the soul and the mind of the speaker. These links are organizing the personal story but not the direction of time. For analyzing these stories, the scenes are taken as contexts that have a sophisticated web of links and cross-references to each other. This links and contexts are, on one hand, about the past, but on the other hand, mainly, about the point of view of the present: hinting at the future, revealing cultural influence.

I observe myself with setting out some cross-references of my web, and I expect that I can generate implicit contents about my personal situation, my local area, and my culture as well.

Mantra: An interview exists in time. That is important, it has a beginning, middle, and end. An image doesn’t have this kind of existence. Partly that’s why I think, my works are closer to that situation, when somebody enumerates the scenes of his/her life on a repetitive way.

Mantra, 2005, oil, canvas, 50x100cm

Mantra, 2005, oil, canvas, 100x200cm

Mantra, 2005, oil, canvas, 100x200cm

Mantra, 2005, oil, canvas, 100x200cm

Mantra – sketch, 2005, paper, pencil drawing

Mantra – sketch, 2005, paper, pencil drawing

I remember to my first oil painting. I was around sixteen years old. It was a still life of course. It was on a flat wood not on canvas. It was so avant-garde. That time the early avant-garde had an influence on me. I just mixed the colours without thinking. Colourful organic forms. It was full with excitement of exploring the new technique.

Painting was not a decision from the early beginning. It was just for fun, till the end of the academy. I didn’t even understand how could somebody make a living out of such a natural, basic thing. I just realised later: with the pressure of existence in Budapest, for everyday people, it is neither basic nor natural making or enjoy art at all. So than came the decision: if I don’t stick to my art, if I don’t fight for it, than I will be lost. Or I would be somebody who lost something.

As I am getting more and more deeply involved into this “self discovering project” the question of makes my painting different from others doesn’t comes up at all. Through my works I am trying to be honest and open with myself, maybe that makes my paintings Csaba-Szentesi-Paintings.


Born 1977, Salgótarján, Hungary. Education 1997 – 2003 Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Painter Department, Visual Creativity and Art history Teacher Department. Member of Jung Artists Studio Foundation.
Latest exhibitions 2004 Gallery of National Office of Cultural Heritage, Budapest (solo); 2004 Too far – too close, Galerie IG Bildende Kunst, Vienna (group); 2004 Gallery by Night, Stúdió Gallery, Budapest (group); 2003 Balint Gallery, Budapest (solo), 2003 TIPP, cooperation of HAFA and the Goldsmiths College, Barcsay Room, Budapest (group); 2001 Mind the gap!, Studio Gallery, Budapest (group); 2000 The greenhouse effect, Walley of Arts, Taliándörögd (group). Award 2003 Child book of the year (prize of the Hungarian state), illustration of the book: Kriszta Tóth – Londoni Mackók.
Reviews and Articles include Preasens, 2005/2: Too far – too close Új Muvészet, 2004/1, István Sinkó: About a phenomenon, works of Csaba Szentesi 168 óra, 2003, November, András Jolsvai: A game with borders Népszabadság, 2003.

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Address: 15 Máriavölgy St. 2040 Budaörs, Hungary.

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