SZILVIA M. NAGY
Born in Győr, 28
Qualifications: ten semesters at the Autonomous Academy of Creative Arts (Szarvas, Hungary)
Since 2003 I work as a freelance artist
• Association of Hungarian Creative Artists
• Association of Hungarian Sculptors’ Society
• Altamira Association
• Association of Hungarian Graphic Artist
• Three statues of extinct animals, in the collection of the Hungarian Natural History Museum
• Ten illustrated story-books (Kossuth Publisher, 2008–2011); Hungarian, Sekler, Gipsy, Greek, German,
Irish, African, Japan, Jewish and Christmas tales.
• Six large drawings representing the representations constellations (Aquila, Cancer, Cetus, Hydra,
Pisces, Scorpius) in the main building of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Konkoly Observatory.
• Prize of the Association of Hungarian Graphic Artists, Salgótarján Graphic Triennale, 2016
For seven years I’m working on the illustrations for J. L. Borges’ Book of Imaginary Beings. These illustrations are A4 sized pencil drawings using one colour each and the black of the graphite, of course. The work takes 2–3 weeks for each picture and much of them I draw anew again and again as the long series undeniably shapes itself.
In my other works I use china ink, watercolour tempera and oil.
I strive for the traditionally understood
representing, the fine detailedness and the technical purity.
Illustrating the ten story-books was a new kind of joy for I had to study the different countries, peoples and cultures; their lives, clothes and utilities. It was exciting to use a lot of colours, in contrast with my earlier (and later) works.
Another field of my activity is the plastic art.
Based on the advices of the well known paleontologist dr. László Kordos
I make scientifically authentic reconstructions of extinct animals. The
material I use is coloured beewax, wood and papier maché. Of the latter
I make the 3D versions of the Borges-animals altogether.