Istvan Nyari is an acrylic painter who graduated from the University of Applied Arts in Budapest. The London-based pop-surreal artist uses kitsch-like elements and draws inspiration from Japanese anime, cult-sci-fi stories and fantasy fiction, perceiving the world soberly in its own madness. I digged a bit deeper into the person behind these mysterious, creepy and amazingly painted artwork an asked him for an interview. For more of his paintings visit his website www.istvannyari.com.
Whom do you look up to?
I have other artists in my mind like David Lynch, Takeshi Kitano, Jeff Koons, Mark Ryden, Todd Schorr, etc.
Are there any personalities that have contributed to your successful career path?
Nobody has contributed to my success, I have achieved everything on my own by watching certain films, or dreaming my own dreams. And of course, those five years when I lived in New York. They have all had an impact on my way of thinking.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
Sensitive, nice, brutal, up-to-date, philosopher, expulsive, consistent, calm and nice again.
How did your art career start?
My parents were fine artists and I went to an art secondary school at the age of 13 and then to an art university for 5 years. I do not remember any specific reason or moment that made me becoming an artist, it had been already predetermined! I’ve just had to follow the route……
What was your favourite project and why?
I would mention my two large sized paintings, “Killer scene” and “My parents wedding 10 years before their devorce”. They are both 200 * 300 cm. Creating them have been extremely complex; not only to paint them but to find the background scene, to build it, and the collect all the objects you see on them. Then collecting dresses, styling the scene, photography, computer work, etc. And to paint them it took 5 months for each painting. It wa sreally complex but I loved it!
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as an artist?
The challenge has always been the same: the size of a painting, time and deadlines, financial challenges and to keep alive…..
Quotes and Wisdoms
How do you define creativity?
Creativity? Having total artistic freedom, being up to date, have an overdose of information, be current, have culture and have the ability to destroy any obstacle which might want to stop you from creating.
Do you have a favourite quote or personal motto?
My personal motto is that everything can happen at any time and anywhere! Even if it seems to be impossible based on our current knowledge! Only our limited fantasy can stop our thinking. However, it is up to all of us to go beyond the limits and expand our knowledge!
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
That fucking life is so so short!!! But there is one certain hope, nobody knows where we are going after death…………?
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
Once you know that being an artist is your path in life, never give it up! Nothing else matters, not if you make money or not; whether you are recognised or not!
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion for art?
There is nothing, nothing and nobody who could divert an artist from his passion of creating art!
All images © Istvan Nyari