Zsolt Bodoni
born in Élesd, Romania
lives and works in Nagyvárad and Budakeszi, Hungary

Zsolt Bodoni’s working process is based on an analysis of the past that functions as a type of archaeology. He sources information from documents, art history and music - his work is both an understanding and a process of recreation through forging a new view of the past from the perspective of the present. Bodoni’s paintings are like a performance. Similarly to when classical musicians re-visit musical scores, the process starts with the re-imagination of old masters. First Bodoni attempts to peer beneath the glaze of the “original”, searching for the skeleton underneath, then, from his own reproduction he invents new elements or changes the proportions - a process which he describes is similar to the act of “hacking” - he states that his role is like a virus that invades the unique masterpieces. He aims to change our interpretations of the past and redefine our understanding of originality.


Bodoni`s work has been featured and reviewed in Art in America, FlashArt and New York Times. In 2009 he was selected as one of the “Top 100 Emerging Artists” of FlashArt International.


1995-2000 Hungarian University of Fine Arts


Salsali Private Museum, Dubai, UAE, Susan and Michael Hort, New York, NY, The Mallin Collection, New York, NY, The Blake Byrne Collection, Los Angeles, CA, Zoe and Joel Dictrow Collection, New York, NY, The Craig Robins Collection, Miami, FL, Whitespace: The Mordes Collection, West Palm Beach, FL Jimenez-Colon Collection, Ponce, PR


2019     Duo Exhibition with Márton Nemes, BuBu, Buffalo, New York

2019     E.H.M.S, Art + Text Budapest, Budapest, Hungary

2016     Forest, Art + Text Budapest, Budapest, Hungary

2014     The Shining Path, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE

2013     King Give Us Soldiers, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE

2011     Remastered, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy

             Gods and Mortals, Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2010     Fehérlófia, Son of the White Mare, Ana Cristea Gallery,
             New York, NY

2009     The Foundries of Ideology, Ana Cristea Gallery, New York, NY

             Yesterday’s Heroes, Tomorrow’s Fools, Mihai Nicodim Gallery,

             Los Angeles, CA

2008     Monuments, FA Projects, London, UK Art Factory Gallery,

             Budapest, Hungary

2006     Hungarian Cultural Institute, Bruxelles, Belgium



2019     Contemplating the Spiritual in Contemporary Art, Rosenfeld                  Rosenfeld Porcini Gallery, London, UK

2017     Disruptive Imagination, Art Mill, Szentendre, Hungary

2016     Disruptive Imagination, Gallery of Fine Arts, Ostrava,

             Czech Republic

2015     THE NUDE in the XX & XXI CENTURY, S|2 Gallery, 

              London, UK

2014     Turning Points, The Twentieth Century Through 1914, 1939,                 1989 and 2004, Hungarian National Gallery, Buda Palace, 

             Budapest, Hungary

             Defaced, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO

             This Side of Paradise, S|2 Gallery, London, UK

2013     Nightfall, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic

             Budapest Tales, Scheublein Fine Art, Zurich, Switzerland

2012     Nightfall, MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts,               Debrecen, Hungary

             Referencing History, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE

2011     East Ex East, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy

             Prague Biennale 5, Prague, Czech Republic

             Leipzig Walkabout, Ana Cristea Gallery invited by Galerie

             Eigen + Art, Leipzig, Germany

             Art Los Angeles Contemporary (with Mihai Nicodim Gallery), 

             Los Angeles, CA

2010     Uncertain Terrain, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN

             After the Fall, HVCCA, Peekskill, NY

             Year One, Ana Cristea Gallery, New York, NY

             Bad Industry, Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

             Face Your Demons, Milliken Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

             In Standard Time, Ana Cristea Gallery, New York, NY

2009     Show Me a Hero, Calvert 22, London, UK

             Staging the Grey, Prague Biennale, Prague, Czech Republic

2008     15 Hungarian and Romanian Painters, Plan B, Cluj, Romania

             Portraits of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, FA Projects,

             London, UK

2007     Ernst Múzeum, Budapest, Hungary

2006     Art Colony of Élesd, Strasbourg EU Parliament, France

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