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KACI Simon

Balassagyarmat, 1981. 04. 10.

Simon Kaci is a Hungarian artist born in 1981. Simon graduated at the Venice Academy of Fine Arts in Italy and did his MA and BA degrees in Painting at The Hungarian University of Fine Arts. He has won a number of international awards and his artworks can be found in private and public collections in Italy, Hungary, Germany, UK, Portugal, Spain, UAE and USA. People rely on their visual stereotypes for their perceptions and thinking. With his art, Simon Kaci wants viewers to challenge their first visual association of classical and common themes. By giving up the customary way of observing and understanding these topics, a space is created for intuitions and emotions to guide conceptions – the same experience Simon goes through while painting. To achieve this, Simon Kaci combines an almost classical painting style with surprising compositions, and unusual cutting of the objects. From his unique viewpoint, the compositions often seem to hide or leave out elements that would help viewers to arrive at a story. In such state of mind we – as viewers – are not able to arrive at final conclusions but only fragments of different ideas. His uniquely glowing objects and figures have a key role in creating a distinctive vibe that provokes a desire in the viewer to return again and again. The tension in his paintings draws their meanings towards abstraction, away from the reality of the figures and forms, resulting in an impossible and purposeless logical approach. His art challenges our views without trying to rationalize or explain. Education The Venice Academy of Fine Arts|2006 - 2009|Venice, Italy DLA (Doctor of Liberal Arts) The Hungarian University of Fine Arts|1999 - 2005|Budapest, Hungary MA (Master of Arts) in Painting Secondary School of Visual Arts|1995 - 1999|Budapest, Hungary, Painting Class Awards 2008 Accade Award for Contemporary Venetian Artists - Finalist (Venice, Italy) 2005 Várfok Gallery Art Prize – First Prize (Budapest, Hungary) 1999 Pueri Fabri International Art Award – First Prize (Ipolyság, Slovakia) 1994 “Europe in School” Art Competition – First Prize (Kosice, Slovakia) Solo Exhibitions 2015 Malom Gallery: A Falka Exhibition (Budapest, Hungary) 2014 Erlin Gallery: Brushprints Exhibition (Budapest, Hungary) 2013 Abu Dhabi Art Hub: Simon Kaci Exhibition (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) 2013 Dusit Thani Hotel: Chrome Exhibition (Abu Dhabi, UAE) 2013 Rondella Gallery: The Death of Pan (Esztergom, Hungary) 2012 Erlin Gallery: Kaci Simon Exhibition (Budapest, Hungary) 2012 Klauzál 13 Gallery: Plan B (Budapest, Hungary) 2011 Metro Klub Gallery: Running Amok (Budapest, Hungary) 2011 Kaleidoszkóp Ház Gallery: Hol is tartottam? (Esztergom, Hungary) 2011 Underminerva Gallery Brooklyn: Visitors form Venice (New York City, USA) 2010 Caos Art Gallery: Matiné (Venice, Italy) 2009 Paradiso Gallery – Independent Gallery of the Venetian Biennale: Il Nido (Venice, Italy) 2007 The National Theatre of Szeged: A Fehér Ördög (The White Devil) (Szeged, Hungary) 2006 K.A.S. Gallery: “SMS” (Budapest, Hungary) 2005 Nyitott Mühely: Kaci Simon Exhibition (Budapest, Hungary) 2005 MU Föld Gallery: Die Sonne Scheint (Budapest, Hungary) 2004 The Hungarian University of Fine Arts: A Fehér Ördög (The White Devil) (Budapest Hungary) Group Exhibitions 2014 Rondella Gallery: Müvészet Esztergomért Exhibition (Esztergom, Hungary) 2014 Corvinus Diszkert: Flower Exhibition 2014 (Budapest, Hungary) 2014 Kaleidoszkóp Ház: Reanimatio Esztergom (Esztergom, Hungary) 2013 Abu Dhabi Exhibition Center (ADNEC) - Life and Style Show: Abu Dhabi Art Hub Exhibition (Abu Dhabi, UAE) 2013 Abu Dhabi Art: Exhibition of Selected Artworks from the Abu Dhabi Art Hub Collection (Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, United Arab Emirates) 2013 Abu Dhabi Art Hub: Permanent Exhibition of Selected Artworks (Abu Dhabi, UAE) 2013 Abu Dhabi Art Hub: Italy Art Month Exhibition (Abu Dhabi, UAE) 2013 Abu Dhabi Art Hub ADNEC Gallery: Exhibition of Selected Artworks (Abu Dhabi, UAE) 2013 Societe du Salon d’Automne: Selected Artworks from the Abu Dhabi Art Hub Collection (Paris, France) 2013 Beirut Art Fair: Abu Dhabi Art Hub Collection (Beirut, Lebanon) 2013 Rondella Gallery: “Kertem nárcisokkal végig ültetéd…” (Esztergom, Hungary) 2012 Caos Art Gallery: Kaleidoscope – the power of seeing beauty (Venice, Italy) 2012 Rovás Gallery: Kaleidoszkóp – képesség a szép látására (Kassa, Slovakia) 2012 Rondella Gallery: Artists for the City of Esztergom (Esztergom, Hungary) 2011-2012 Forte Marghera di Venezia: Artisti di Forte Marghera (Venice, Italy) 2010 Lorenzago City Gallery: Lorenzagoaperta (Lorenzago, Italy) 2010 Caos Art Gallery: Made in Art (Venice, Italy) 2010 CCCP Gallery: Jannus (New York City, United States of America) 2010 BAG Open Studio: Winter salon (New York City, United States of America) 2008-2009 VAM Gallery: 52 Artists (Budapest, Hungary) 2007-2009 Venetian Academy of Fine Arts: End of Year Exhibition (Venice, Italy) 2007 B2B Project: Exhibition (Bonn, Germany) 2005 Tüzraktér: Tate Nélkül (Budapest, Hungary) 2004 322 Gallery: New Enterior Exhibition (Budapest, Hungary) 2004 Macerata City Gallery (Macerata, Italy) 2004 Várfok Gallery: Finalists’ Exhibition (Budapest, Hungary) 2003 MAMU Gallery (Budapest, Hungary) 2003 Gyermely Residency: Exhibition (Gyermely, Hungary) 2003 Munkácsy Mihály Museum: XIII. Alföldi Tárlat (Békéscsaba, Hungary) 1999-2002 The Hungarian University of Fine Arts: Barcsay Prize Yearly Exhibition (Budapest, Hungary) Scholarships, Residencies 2013-2014 Artist in Long-term Residency at Abu Dhabi Art Hub (Abu Dhabi, UAE) 2013 Artist in Residency at Abu Dhabi Art Hub for the Italy Art Month (Abu Dhabi, UAE) 2010-2011 Artist Residency Program (New York City, USA) 2009 Art Research Trip (United Kingdom) 2008 Artist Exchange Program, B2B Artist Exchange (Bonn, Germany) 2007 Moroccon Art Study Trip (Morocco) 2006 Berlin Art Research Trip (Germany) 2005-2006 European Art Study Trip (Spain and Italy) 2004 Erasmus Scholarship (Macerata, Italy) Source: