An Interview with MANO

1 April 2019

We talk to MANO (Mrs. Nora KOMOROCZKI) from Budapest, Hungary.

Please describe your artwork style: Being in true love with nature I am keen to have it on my canvas in a realistic and colourful way.

What’s your background?
As my interest in arts began quite early I started painting and drawing when I was young and later earned a degree in arts.

How long have you been an artist?
For the past 35 years.

Who or what are your biggest influences?
I highly respect and admire Hungarian plain-art painter Pal Szinyei-Merse (1845-1920) realism style painter Gyula Benczur (1844-1920) and Spanish artist Salvador Dali (1904-1989). I have learned and got tremendous inspiration from them.

How have you developed your career?
In the past decades I have got several exhibitions in collective with others but mainly individually. The first one took place in 1987 during the Budapest Spring Festival, followed by other exhibitions in Stockholm (Sweden), Budapest, Nyiregyhaza, Pecs (Hungary), Vienna (Austria), Tel Aviv (Israel), Szatmarnemeti (Romania) and Brussels (Belgium)

Where do you create your work?
I mainly paint in my atelier and in nature or to a much less extent in painters’ camps.

What do you feel is the role of the artist in society?
To take part in improving society, to influence people in creating a better world

What techniques / mediums do you use?
I use oil and paint on canvas only.

Which is more important to you, the subject of your painting, or the way it is executed?
I try to pay particular attention to my subjects of painting on details and feelings suggested by nature but make all efforts on my way of painting, too.

How do you feel when you are letting your emotions loose on the canvas?

What project are you working on now? I am planning to paint modern Adam and Eva in Paradise

Any current or up-coming exhibitions?
Not any at the moment.

Where do you find your ideas for your work?
All of them are around me!

Is there an artwork you are most proud of? Why?
I am very much proud of my 2 big paintings (purchased by a Hungarian Museum) one of them is based on a Finnish folk epos Kalevala and the other one based on Love in the time of Cholera, a famous novel by Gabriel Garcia Marques. Both artworks are montage type of paintings inspired by Salvador Dali.

How do you know when a work is finished?
When I feel an artistic satisfaction than the painting is ready.

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?
My easel, my pigskin and squirrel hair brushes, my Van Gogh type oil paints and canvas, of course, are the most important tools without which I couldn’t work.

Is there an element of art you enjoy working with most? Why?
I like very much bright (vivid) oil colours making me and others cheerful and joyful.

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