Luca Curci talks with Silaro during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2022, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Silaro (Szilárd Szilágyi) is a self-made artist born in 1959 in Siklós, Hungary. He began to take a serious interest in art during his university years. In his earlier period, Szilard produced works that were thematic in character. However, his later pieces are the images of the inner memory, created through the artist’s perception and reflections. His works are exhibited worldwide from his native Hungary to Germany, from France to Sweden. Ignoring actual trends, his pictures are inspired by nature and social phenomena. His paintings are made of different sizes and mixed techniques.
Luca Curci – What’s your background?
Silaro – I am over 60 with a nice, big family. I am married with three adult children, two boys and a girl. The boys are also married and I have two grandchildren. I come from an intellectual family. My parents were teachers. Later my mother specialized in psychology and became a child psychologist. My father worked as director of several boarding schools for orphans and abandoned children. Until the age of 10, we lived in villages, my childhood was full of freedom and proximity to nature. I graduated as a lawyer but worked as a lawyer only for 3 months. In my university years, I played sports (pentathlon and fencing) actively. Now I run a small family business.
LC – What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
S – I guess the freedom and the close connection to nature have influenced my work most as an artist. I am fascinated by nature. I like to spend my time alone, outdoors. I often go for a walk in the hills or fishing. I have the fear that mankind will ruin our environment. I am sensitive to social injustice. These emotions are reflected in my paintings.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
S – At the moment I build new oil acrylic pictures from my earlier drawings that were not independent entities.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
S – Definitely yes, my style has changed a lot and surely will change in the future, too. The form of expression has changed, and the content remained the same. Also, surrealistic expressionism is permanently present.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
S – My favourite topics are: man as part of nature, a man in the human environment, the loneliness of man.
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
S – Completing a work is a kind of sense of temporary wholeness. The creation can stop when the picture is balanced, it is not wobbling – it is ready then.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition? In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
S – The theme and title of the exhibition is “the body language”. Both of my exhibited artworks express emotions through human gestures. ”SHE” expresses the fear of the uncertain future. It is a fearful, convulsive cry from a wide-open mouth – as the language of a scare. The “LOOKING AT THE SKY” tries to discover our place in the universe, at the same time in our inner universe. A determined, attentive look up is the language of the body.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
S – ITSLIQUID GROUP can certainly represent a good opportunity for artists. To be part of such a big exhibition at such an exceptional venue, to be present in an international environment is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to show his/her art to the widest possible audience.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
S – Cooperating with you was easy and smooth. Answers to all questions and clear instructions were given. Specially big thanks for your help in the organizing of shipping of my artworks.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
S – I guess this is a very useful website for artists of various branches of art as well as interested people. It is full of various information about calls for artists, exhibitions, and interviews, so it offers a wide range of information both for the makers and lovers of art.