Interview: Máriusz Hintea
Luca Curci talks with Máriusz Hintea during CONSCIOUSNESS, second appointment of the ANIMA MUNDI 2022, at Palazzo Bembo – Venice Grand Canal.
Máriusz Hintea was born in a beautiful city called Tg-Mureș, Romania, he is Hungarian and he lives in the Netherlands for 10 years now. From a very early age he started drawing, a talent inherited by his father and discovered very soon by his mother after his father died. He was just 3 years old. Since then, a lot of water flow down the rivers. In the beginning, he went to the Art school in his native town where he entered as best and since then he never left the Art road. After school, he went to the University of Fine Art, section Graphic in Timisoara. In the student times, he won an Award, at an important contest in an exhibition, called “10 years from Revolution of Timisoşoara” – at the Art Museum, Timisoara, Romania, 1999. The University was followed by Master’s, also in the graphic section, where he was the only one, who received the highest score for his dissertation by the jury, consisting of 10 docents. After school doors were closed, parallel with artistic activity, he worked also as a graphic designer on Macintosh/PC, in Hungary and then in Romania. He won a regional logo competition in Szeged, Hungary. But, the cruel, hard and unhappy life made him to let almost 12 years of graphic design behind, and he went to the Netherlands to work to help his family. He started working in a tomato greenhouse. Their strong believe in better days and his creative mind helped him to see the nice parts in everything and survive the hard times. Art is in his veins, creation is part of his life and makes his days complete. Therefore, art was never missing from his days, and in the past 40 years of his life, he was present in a lot of group exhibitions, International Art camps, Annual exhibitions, Memorial exhibitions, Seasonal exhibitions, Online exhibitions, Biennales, Parallax Art Fair London, SeeMe exhibition and ChaShaMa Gallery at “One World Trade Center” in New York , Art Takes Armory – New York, ART4COMPETITION, SeeMe – Art in Transition… and now Anima Mundi – Itsliquid International Art Fair – Venice 2022. His name appeared in a lot of newspapers, Bibliographic Dictionary, art magazines and lexicons, over the years. He lives in Rotterdam, he is married and has two lovely daughters.
Luca Curci – Which subject are you working on?
Máriusz Hintea – I am preparing now for an open registration exhibition called “KlimaatExpo 2022”, which will take place in a Dutch Museum this fall.
LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
MH – I attended the possible art schools as they followed, with University and even Master. I also worked as a graphic designer for almost twelve years, which helped me to see in other ways compositionally. I am also leaving white parts of canvas on touched, making it part of a composition. I developed a liquid material based on tar, which I use for many of my drawings/paintings. Although with these things are written, my works are not the same, they are different, from black&white to colours, from figurative to abstract, from painting until ready-made, depending on the topic I approach.
LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
MH – It’s always welcomed any feedback, especially if it comes from somebody with an art background and you can use that critic constructively. Art works live because of the visitors, otherwise, they would be just self-standing decorative dusty objects. But, we also don’t have to forget that artists can not satisfy everybody. There always will be people who are not agree with your point of view or your technique. So, the best way to remain legitimate, honest and original is to do what you feel, and what comes from very deep inside, …. and time will decide if you deserve to be seen or not. Just be honest and original.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
MH – Yes, it did. If I think back at student times when I was learning all graphic styles and techniques such as etching, collagraphy, aquatint, and lithography, my drawings were in black and white. After that for a few years next to my black, hard lines, ( I also used sometimes my hair as organic lines making my works more personal) entered a blue surface, symbolizing the sky, an open area, or giving deepness to the flat parts of the drawing. Ex: Me and my dog Dixy. And, a few years ago more colors invaded my canvas, Ex.: Discovering the color book. Lately I even use ready made-s in my works, in order to increase the feeling of reality , playing with 2 and 3 tree dimensions, and making a connection with the viewer, who will not only look at it, for sure will want to touch it.
Ex.: In the kindergarten.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
MH – I find it important as an artist, to be waked up and see what’s going on around the world. It’s undeniable that the exterior things have an influence on you and on your artworks. And has to be so. Think about, what kind of work you do when you are sad or what kind when you are happy!? In my happy times, I am inspired by my little, happy 4 years old daughter, who became my muse. Ex: Joy and happiness. Everything that touches my feelings can provoke me to re-work it in my mind and to put it on canvas. Therefore, my themes are not one of a kind, they are very different.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
MH – A theme always gives seriousness to the exhibition, raising the level of selection, where could be not enough to have only talent, you might also need a little bit of documentation and knowledge on this topic. This theme, Anima Mundi’’ which you have chosen was not easy at all. To give back the invisible energy around us, the connections between all beings through secret forces and maybe not to forget about the relationship between the body and soul, is more than complicated to be shown on the canvas. I hope the Itsliquid organizers were satisfied with the exhibited works.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
MH – When I was found with the exhibited work by your Exhibition Managers, the deadline for participation was very close and I wasn’t even at home, (I was visiting a friend for a few days,) so I thanked this opportunity, but I had to refuse it. A few days later came the email with the deadline extended. This way I accepted, but still, I just had time for making the package and papers and send the painting. It arrived to you exactly on the last day it had to arrive. So, about your question, because having no time to make a new painting, I had to remain trusted and rely all the way on your colleague’s professionalism and their good choice. Now, I’m sure that they did a good job and my work has had much in common with the theme. It has invisible energy, expression through pain from inside of the body influenced by an exterior force, getting conscious and start realizing what’s happening around us, and thanks of brush handles has also power and sensibility in the way of creating. But I can find even synonyms of the word Consciousness in my painting like recognition – of cruel reality for instance and its effect, awareness, sensitivity, vulnerability, etc.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
MH – I think it’s a great possibility for artists in having an activity, to get be seen, so I consider it a big step in an artist’s life, which worth take it.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
MH – I can see the work, organization and planning skills of your colleagues who made this big, great event happen. And many others so, I am feeling happy and great full that I took this opportunity. Thank you Marta Chinaglia and Veronica Piras for your work and because you didn’t give up on me. I really wish I could have been there at the opening to meet you both.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
MH – I read a lot over Itsliquid and I can say that, I didn’t doubt at all in You. The trust feeling in me was much much stronger, so I followed the rules and I sent my painting. I even saw it exhibited, which is a big proof that you exist, you are serious and reliable, cause today the prestige is also priceless. There are a lot of services which you do to organize a high-level event and exhibition. This interview is also a big plus, not to mention the printed catalogue you mentioned in services, which includes all the participants. I hope I will get one. So, so far so good! I wish you all the best and success further with many events/exhibitions, and yes, I could imagine a collaboration in future. Thank you.