Ricz explores the borderline between figuration and abstraction. The contrasts of naturalistic and geometrical, damaged and sterile, visible and hidden provide the essence of his imagery. The themes of his collage-like oil paintings are based on personal memories from his childhood in Eastern Europe, social, art historical and historical references.
The oppositeness is characteristic of his color scale as well. Monochrome grays are juxtaposed with sharp, bright coloured details. The homogeneous and dark backgrounds give the feeling of a permanent space and are rooted in the Chiaroscuro technique of the Renaissance masters.
Ricz creates collages that serve as the ground to his oil paintings. He is mixing details of old paintings, photographs, magazine cut-outs and personal memory fragments in order to build up his compositions.
Geza Ricz was born in 1980 in Subotica(ex Yugoslavia) in a Hungarian family. Currently lives and works in Salzburg, Austria.
Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2011 and with a Master degree in 2013 from the University of Szeged, Hungary.
Ricz works in different creative fields. He started his carrier as a street artist in the 90's. In his twenties Geza painted murals across Europe and gained inspiration for his later carrier. As art director and graphic designer he has worked for clients like Red Bull, Burn, Leica, Telenor and Audi.
Ricz's works have been exhibited in Salon D'Automne in Paris, in Arsenale di Venezia, Art Verona, Arnolfini Bristol or Kunsthalle Budapest. His artworks have been featured on online platforms and magazines like ArtSlant, The Red Bulletin, Art Maze Mag, Symposion, Új Művészet, Élet és Irodalom.
He is a member of CTR-V art group and the Salzburger Kunstverein.
-NOBODY, Berchtoldvilla, Salzburg(AT)
-Behind the facade, Solo Show, Dvorisna Galerija, Subotica(SRB)
-Grenzenlos, Stadtgalerie Salzburg(AT)
-Senkiháza, Solo show, TIK Gallery, Szeged(HU)
-Das Personalhaus, Stadtgalerie Salzburg(AT)
-FIGUREN DER BEFREIUNG, "Kunsthalle zu vermieten", Salzburg(AT)
-Through the looking glass, Interlab-Imbergstrasse 43. Salzburg(AT)
-Bakáts Bunker, Solo show, Budapest(H)
-Izoláció, Solo show, Gallery of Contemporary Arts, Subotica(SRB)
-Wunder, Add Art Gallery, Spoletto(IT)
-Salzung, Berchtoldvilla, Salzburg(AT)
-Art Verona, Verona(IT)
-Grenzenlos, Kapitelplatz, Salzburg(AT)
-ADD Art Gallery, Solo exhibition, Spoleto(IT)
-Salon D'Automne, Champs-Elysées, Paris(FR)
-Color 2018, Czong Institution for Contemporary Art, Gimpo-si(KOR)
-BEEP Painting Biennial, Swansea College of Art, Swansea(UK)
-Premio Combat, Museo Fattori, Livorno(IT)
-Arte Laguna Prize, Arsenale, Venice(IT)
-The Other Art Fair, Arnolfini Centre For Contemporary Arts, Bristol(UK)
-Stroke Art Fair, Zündapp-Halle, Munich(DE)
-Laura Haber Gallery, Buenos Aires(ARG)
-Stephan Jäger International Art Symposium Jubileum Exhibition, Calpe Gallery Timișoara(RO)
-SYMPOSION Hybrid Realm, Mocvara, Zagreb(CRO)
-Here and Now, Kunsthalle, Budapest(HU)
-Strip u Subotici, Gallery of Contemporary Arts, Subotica(SRB)
-The city of baths/CTR-V art group, Klein House, Subotica(SRB)
-SYMPOSION Hybrid Realm, Vodnjan(CRO)
-SZAB Székház (Gallery of the Academic Committee), Solo show, Szeged(HU)
-Másik város(Other City), Klauzál 13 Gallery , Budapest(HU)
-TAKT, IX-XI Gallery, Budapest(HU)
-CTRL-V, Magyar Műhely Gallery, Budapest(HU)
-Periféria, Solo show, City Museum of Kecel(HU)
-The World from Temerin, Pepper Art Gallery, Budapest(HU)
-Táblaképfestészeti Biennálé, REÖK-Regional Art Center, Szeged(HU)
-A Szoba, Solo show, Pécs(HU)
-Belvárosi Kamara Gallery, Solo show, Szeged(HU)
-Summer Exhibition(Nyári Tárlat), REÖK-Regional Art Center, Szeged(HU)
-No Pass Biennalé, House of Hungarian Fine Artists, Budapest(HU)
-OMDK, Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest(HU)
-Basch House, Solo show, Subotica(SRB)
-OMDK, University of Pécs Department of Fine Arts, Pécs(HU)
-Urban Art, London(UK)
-Voice of the streets, Kultiplex, Budapest(HU)
-2019 Fórum Art Prize winner(SRB)
-2019 Best Vojvodinian Book Prize winner(SRB)
-2018 O.R.A. Prize winner(IT)
-2018 BEEP Wales contemporary painting prize finalist(UK)
-2018 Combat prize finalist(IT)
-2017 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner
-2017 Arte Laguna Prize finalist(IT)