Can you tell me a little bit about you?
Hi, I’m Gábor Szűcs and I live and work in Bratislava, Slovakia. Painter, VJ, animation creator, teacher. Diploma in 2017 from painting department at Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, at the IV. Studio of prof. Ivan Csudai. Animation department at high school of scenic art in Bratislava. Now a full time painter and teacher.
When did you first discover art, or realize you wanted to make it yourself?
Probably the very first drawings in kindergarten, and later I was attending elementary art school, I did the 2nd level there too. Painting on canvases started around 2007.
What do you like most about working where you do?
I like Bratislava, its not too big of a city and I live in the center where also my studio is located.
What ideas are you exploring in your practice?
I paint abstract, and sometimes some figures appear on the canvases later in the process.
What is your process like?
There are connections between my animations and paintings for sure; I VJ what I paint, and I paint what I VJ.
Is there any subject or theme you’ve been particularly interested in lately?
Yes, definitely digital influences. My bachelor degree painting series was inspired by glitch art and errors. Later I continued with the idea, and in the diploma series I used a similar construction of the painting, and it was connected with the animations I use on my live gigs while VJing. I called it “pixels falling apart.”
Do you have a day job or other work that you split your time between?
I teach at an elementary art school for 2 days a week, giving computer graphics and drawing lessons, and the rest of the week I am in my studio.
Do you have a mentor, or a piece of advice (or both), which has influenced your practice?
My professor at the academy, Ivan Csudai, is still a huge inspirations.
Is there any piece of advice you would offer to others?
Paint paint paint !!!!
What does it mean to you to have a “community?”
At the school it was great to talk with other students or teachers about what and how to paint, but of course it’s very individual and it’s always better to focus on the inner voice.
What is your studio like?
My studio is in a historical building in the downtown Bratislava, and it’s on the 3rd floor, so I have nice view from the window.
Do you have any routines or rituals in the studio that get you into the mode or mindset to make your work?
Before I go to the studio I almost always have a coffee first, and a good meal, and often I take some fruit with me, when the flow goes well there is no time to eat, so it’s better to stay in the studio and continue to paint..
How significant has attending art school been on your practice?
I think it’s very important, and I am glad I tried this academy in Bratislava. Thousands of amateurs are pretending they won’t need the education, but then it’s annoying how they talk about paintings or art in basic terms; they have no idea, and it’s embarrassing to look at their stuff.
What do you find most daunting, challenging, or frustrating about pursuing art?
It’s all about trying and spending so much time in the studio. It’s like a laboratory where I make experiments and try to achieve some impact.
How would you define “success” in art?
I think success in art is when you don’t have to think about how will you pay the next month’s bills. When you are selling well, it’s freedom, and it’s the best to create when you are free. I don’t mean only money now…
What is the most exciting thing you’ve done or accomplished so far, related to your work?
I am happy that I had exhibitions abroad, especially in the US, as it’s my favourite country and I am glad I had the opportunity to participate in some collective shows, for example in Chicago, San Francisco, New Jersey, Texas. Also in other countries: South Korea, UK, Croatia, Austria, Poland, Slovenia…. and the very exciting events were the light festivals, in Moscow, Amsterdam, Rome, Prague..
What are you working on right now?
I am painting 3 series at the same time, and I am painting also an abstract landscape series. The latest is some figurative expressive forms, but of course it’s more like abstract as well.