Now that I’m getting older, the start of my days is getting more interesting. I’m an early bird now. The first thing I do is I check my e-mails. I learnt how to use the computer and the Internet a few years ago and now it’s part of my daily routine.
I usually listen to classical music. However, I also appreciate fine blues and jazz. Also, Don Giovanni is a piece I listen to all the time.
I read all kinds of books. I’m a big Jorge Borges fan. Lately I’ve enjoyed reading the excellent articles and short stories of Iván Bächer, who’s also a friend. I like the true-to-life nature and candidness of his writings.
I’ve travelled a lot in my life, but always for work. I haven’t been on many trips as a tourist. My favourite destination is Poland, which played a big role in my youth.
I prefer cooking. I had a part-time job as a waiter while I was at university, so I’m never satisfied with restaurants when I eat out. I sometimes like taking guests out to a good restaurant though. When I go to my studio, I cross the Lehel market, where I do some shopping. Sometimes I buy too many things, so I have to cook them in a panic before they go bad.
Both. Still, it’s a great feeling to pick up a newspaper sometimes.
I subscribe to Élet és Irodalom [Hungarian literary magazine] and I often buy Balkon [Hungarian contemporary art magazine] too. I always take a look at Kunstforum at the Fészek Artists’ Club. I read other international magazines on the Internet.
I like wearing short-sleeved polo shirts, preferably in dark colours. But sometimes I go against the typical “artist’s uniform” of a dark-coloured jacket and polo shirt. For example, I once wore a light-coloured jacket to the opening of an exhibition of mine in Germany.
Oh yes. I’d never wear a diving suit.
The large-sized yellow objects of the Structura Solida series, which were on show at the Kiscelli Museum in 2000.
It’s always a pleasure to spend time and chat with people who are interested in your work and with other artists. If I had to pick someone, then I’d say I’d love to have a conversation with Pierre Soulages.
On my path to becoming an artist, the foundation of my open-mindedness and reflective attitude was laid when I met a community of artists, the Balatonboglár creative community of 1971-73, and I saw their exhibition. But it also came as a revelation when I saw the Tamás Konok and Katalin Hetey exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in 1981. Then I saw that my philosophy and approach were legitimate, such as the role that a single line can play. I saw then that they share my views of the essence.
However, a Rothko exhibition is an outstanding experience even today.
They should be happy if they have something to work on and if they can do something they enjoy. They shouldn’t pay attention to how much they are paid right then.
I always tell my students that they’ll have to invest 20 to 25 years of hard work before they can make real money. They should find their own path and a way to make a decent living.
Let’s just say that I don’t sign all my paintings.