Csaba Markus (born January 26, 1953) is an artist, painter, sculptor and publisher. As an artist, he primarily works in the field of printmaking, with a particular focus on etching and serigraphy. His work also includes oil painting, drawing, glass art, photography and sculpture. Markus’s painting titled “Pure Love” has been selected as one of the World's 10 most sensual paintings by Toronto Sun newspaper.
Markus was born in Budapest, Hungary. His mother is Szollos Erzsebet and father Karoly Markus. His childhood in Hungary, where he frequented museums, is an influence on his work. He is also influenced by avant-garde art and abstraction. Markus began his career as a sculptor. At the age of fourteen, he and his work were featured on international public television. He became increasingly frustrated with teachers and the confines of communism, realizing his Renaissance-inspired emphasis on the individual conflicted with Hungarian communist beliefs. In 1978, Markus emigrated to America. Once there, he established a studio in California. He began to work with traditional printmaking, including etching, around 1979. He often uses two or three copper plates when creating his etchings, and up to 100 colours when printing his serigraphs. He mixes dry point, aquatint and soft-ground etching techniques with graphite pencil.
Csaba Markus is closely associated with the sfumato technique. His oil painting begins with a grisaille in a gray or sepia, as a monochromatic version of the finished piece. When this is dry, Markus begins to add layers of glaze in different colours, letting each layer dry before adding the next one. Since the layers are all somewhat transparent, the result is a combination of the colours, creating a final hue as if the painter has simply mixed the colours. He paints using very thin and transparent layers of paint, using as many as 30 layers around the eyes and mouth.
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He expresses the Eternal Feminine in her many guises, both as mortal woman and as mythological goddess. His mentors became the works of artists such as Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Botticelli, and his goal echoed their own: to find the perfect way of expressing himself through his art. He challenged himself with new ideas and techniques, but Markus was always drawn back to the ideals of the Renaissance period. This resulted in the creation of his own highly unique style, a contemporary fusion of Renaissance Europe and Classical Mythology.
Markus has described serigraphy as the “beautiful struggle,” illustrating the continuously evolving and intensely difficult process in which he works with many layers of colours, textures, and intricate details of the serigraph until he has finally fashioned the masterpiece of his vision. Each piece is extensively hand-embellished by Markus himself with dried pigments, ground glass, platinum, and 24 carat gold, in the tradition of European artisanship that Markus brings to all of his limited edition serigraphs. His desire is for each and every piece to be a unique and individual objet d’art. . Like a symphony for the eyes, every design, detail, and hue has been finely tuned for the blending of an artistic masterpiece. He has been known to destroy finished paintings if he is not personally satisfied with their perfection.
Markus’ distinctive style is like no other and is recognised as such by collectors throughout the world.
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