Balint Zsako, Untitled (skull of a woman), 2011, ink and watercolour on paper, 18 x 24 inches.

Balint Zsako, Untitled (skull of a woman), 2011, ink and watercolour on paper, 18 x 24 inches.

BALINT ZSAKO: APPETITE: June 7 - 30, 2012

Balint Zsako's work filters the disparate elements of contemporary art through the language of figurative painting. His work imagines performance art recorded using Indian miniatures, land art described by medieval illumination, conceptual art acted out by the figures on a Greek vase or installation art transcribed into Egyptian hieroglyphs.

Most of the narrative elements center on themes of bodily functions, human interactions, sex and death and are held tightly in place by strict considerations of geometric balance and color relationships.

Balint Zsako was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1979 and immigrated to Canada with his family in 1988. Since graduating with a B.A in Fine Arts from Ryerson University in Toronto, he has exhibited internationally. Additional works have been featured in The New Yorker Magazine, Harper's Magazine, The Walrus Magazine, Poetry Magazine and the New York Times Magazine. A travelling exhibition of his drawings was organized by the MoCCA in Toronto and was accompanied by the artist's first monograph.

Balint Zsako lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Balint Zsako, Untitled (threads), 2011, ink and watercolour on paper, 24 x 18 inches.

Balint Zsako, Untitled (threads), 2011, ink and watercolour on paper, 24 x 18 inches.

Balint Zsako, Untitled (firefly), 2011, watercolor and ink on paper, 14 x 20 inches. 

Balint Zsako, Untitled (firefly), 2011, watercolor and ink on paper, 14 x 20 inches.