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Luca Sára Rózsa

Luca Sára Rózsa is an emerging artist living in Budapest, Hungary. Luca is earning a degree in Painting at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts. She previously studied Visual Arts and Painting at the Eszterházy Károly College in Hungary. Luca focuses on human beings and nature in her abstracted paintings. She is particularly concerned with the fortuitous nature of life and explores the connection between human life, time, space, and motion in her works.

Luca has participated in numerous workshops, solo and group exhibitions in Hungary. Her works were recently shown in The Gentle Barbarian at Város Boltja Gallery and in a group exhibition at Pakk Art in Budapest, Hungary.

What are the major themes you pursue in your work?

In my method of working, re-inspiration seems to override the organizing principle. While the picture is being created, it is also being destroyed. This method of creation might be in correlation with the constant dilemma, the fight of pros and cons in my mind about the topic I’m working on.

My subject hovers somewhere around existence. I’m moved by the fortuitousness and/or fatality that life can bring, especially concerning human relations. I try to put my figures, motives, and objects in an abstract space that somehow creates some context, that might as well be imaginary or real.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?

To not start working in another media if deep inside I know I’m only doing it because I don’t succeed in painting. This is not a piece of advice that works generally for everyone, but it does for me. It made me be even more committed to painting than I was before.

Prefer to work with music or in silence?

It depends. I listen to music very often when I’d like to “attack” the painting, when there’s no exact idea in my mind of the result I’d like to have in the end, when I give a bigger space to “accidents.” But when I’m more focused on a detail, or when I need to hear my thoughts, I turn the music off. Those are my most intimate times with the painting.

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?

I guess this is the question that is the most difficult to answer. I’d be very happy with an Arnulf Rainer or a Pontormo piece. But I guess what would make me the happiest would be either an Albert Oehlen painting, for example FM 44, or a Cy Twombly from the Ferragosto series.

Who are your favorite writers?

I don’t think I know enough of literature to have a favourite. I really like Mikhail Bulgakov, Bohumil Hrabal, and Michel Houllebecq, for instance.