Biography / Artist Statement / C.V. tiborlhargitai@gmail.com 416 898-1988
 

 
TIBOR HARGITAI / T.H. exclusively represented by ARTSIDE contemporary ART shop ARTSIDE contemporary ART
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BIOGRAPHY

 
Tibor Hargitai, is a Hungarian-Canadian visual artist, born in Budapest and currently living and working in Toronto. 
Over the past thirty years he has been exhibiting internationally with a focus on his conceptual work “Time-Space-Life”. This work highlights his efforts by breaking moulds and challenging conventional dogmas about contemporary art.
 
The Time-Space-Life concept started by incorporating mirrors into three dimensional surfaces. To test the creation process these art works were publicly displayed in a way that allowed those viewing the artwork to interact with them in a more visceral way. Asking where does the creation process of the painting end and how does the observer get more involved than just viewing the work but asking them to participate by situating themselves in the art. 
 
He went as far as translating his painting into poems, for nine years, “DOT TO DOT”. 
Writing instead of painting, did put an emphasis on mark making, which will come to its full potential in DOTART.
The period resulted in over three hundred Hungarian poems.
 
In 2014, a new philosophy, concept and method evolved into what he has called “DOTART”. In which he embedded a marking device tethered to a chain in the middle of the canvas. He created new works as well as using past works to embed these markers so as to have the audience participate by adding their own marks to the piece.
This new concept has been exhibited in art galleries, museums and art fairs with hundreds of thousands of participants.
DOTART is an inclusive and interactive art form, since the observers are invited to add to the painting with the installed marker during the show. By design the result is always a ‘dot’ of overlapping information on the surface, hence the name DOTART. It is an equalizer, everyone is equal, no gender, ethnicity or age can be detected on the canvas. The painting is always current, relevant and contemporary. Finally, Time-Space-Life is experienced, and a hundred years after Malevich’s concept of suprematism, now  SUPERSUPREMATISM is achieved. 
 
In 2015, to honour women, “DOTART WOMEN” evolved from this concept..This realm of work deals with the questions relevant to women in times of mass migration, phobia, violence and racism. Another series of work was also born out of this concept, “TOTEM WOMAN” in which the art-object itself become a marker in time, space and life. 
 
In 2018, a new series “TO BE OR NOT TO BE” was inspired  by a turning point in time, the death of Stephen Hawking. He had tried to warn us about the inherent dangers of Artificial Intelligence. That same day Tibor introduced a new motif into his paintings….a skull. The Skull is an other equalizer. Later a binary computer language also started to fill his canvases with /OIOIOI/. These compositions are a stark reminders of the ever stronger influence of the empowered algorithms on our fragile humanity. 
 
In 2020, he started his “END OF DAYS/ blind as a skull” series. This body of work is focusing on environmental issues, pollution and Artificial Intelligent. Also stretching our understanding  of TIME-SPACE-LIFE. All this is in the middle of the pandemic of COVID-19.
 
 

ARTSIST STATEMENT

My work is about TIME, SPACE, LIFE
In life, we are all active participants in an ever-changing continuum. Art should reflect this
dynamic; connected characteristics of our existence. For the past two decades I have used
embedded mirrors in my paintings, inviting the viewers to experience the work in present time.
However, I found that they were still not physically, or mentally included. This exclusiveness is
typical of western art and therefore, is missing the point. Perhaps it is our inclination towards
our pack animal nature to allow our leaders to select for us. In the past, artists would typically
accompany a chosen elite whom dictated the taste for art in society. This trend exists in our
culture to this very day.
As experience drives us away from our conditioned mindset, we become more independent,
and self conscious. Increasingly we arrive at recognizing our similarities, and understanding our
“oneness.” However, this has yet to be expressed in contemporary paintings. Something
needed to change, giving birth to DOTART. It is an evolutionarily new philosophy in Art being
inclusive, dynamic and changing. My goal is to bring Art back to the people where it should
have been all along. To achieve this, we must realize that all of us are creating and receiving Art
simultaneously. How well we do this depends on our understanding of life, ourselves, and
others. Knowledge is the only value. This is not a paradox but an illusion, and it is all we have.
Sensing this, is part of the reason why today most of us desire to leave our mark.
By developing DOTART in 2014, I had found a way to effectively demonstrate Time, Space,
and Life as a continuum. By releasing my ego, and letting the process of painting become
secondary; the public participates to complete the creation. Each painting starts with a chain
installed in the center, with a marker attached at the end. The radius reaches the edge of the
picture, defining an area. This surface represents time and space, given to us in life, with the
illusion of freewill. The fixed center point dictates the creation of the dot. During an exhibition,
people are invited to put their mark on the canvas with the marker; feeding information to the
surface, and creating a new image each time a mark is applied—keeping it alive. The result will
always be a dot of overlapping information. At the end, the chain is removed from the surface,
releasing the painting. Time Space Life can be explained by the point, in which the concept of
trinity exists as one. The point is what is real, and the dot is what’s created reflecting an
observable illusion; our universe.
In 2016, I evolved the DOTART idea further, in the TOTEM WOMAN Series. The totems became
the markers in space; anchor points.They stretch between two dots marking earth and sky.
In 2018 I started to contemplate about humanity and A.I. we create.
Now in 2020 I’m working on my “END OF DAYS’ series blind as a skull. It refers to us all.


 

 
C.V.
 

TIBOR HARGITAI

TORONTO CANADA
416 898-1988
tiborlhargitai@gmail.com
www.tiborhargitai.com

Education

1997 Toronto Digital Media Studios majoring in MULTIMEDIA DESIGN

1986/88 Budapest ICON PAINTING

1981/86 Budapest School of Fine Art majoring in PAINTING

Professional Experience

1990-present exhibiting contemporary art internationally
1986-present creating large scale public art installations

Exhibitions selected 

selected
Solo:

2021 “SKULL ONE-O-ONE” ARTSIDE contemporary ART TORONTO, CANADA
2020 “BACK TO SKULL” ARTSIDE contemporary ART TORONTO, CANADA
2019 *"LOVE DOT" PROJECT DOTMAN MAY I PROJECT LIFE VENICE BIENNALE, ITALY
2019 “DOTART” installation “SZIGET FESTIVAL” BUDAPEST, HUNGARY curated by Medence Csoport
2019 “DOT ICE” ART IN MIGRATION Lake Wilcox RICHMOND HILL, CANADA
2018 "MIGRATION TO OURSELVES” ART IN MIGRATION "Canada Square, Toronto to Swan Lake, RICHMOND HILL, CANADA
2018 “LOVE DOT” PROJECT (DOTART FOR KUSAMA) "DOTMAN MAY I PROJECT LIFE* Started at AGO and Nathan Phillips Square TORONTO, CANADA
2017 "THE WALL" TOTEM WOMAN Installation THE ARTIST PROJECT TORONTO, CANADA
2017 "THE WALK" TORONTO FOR EVERYONE Installation at Honest Ed's Toronto, TORONTO, CANADA curated by Angie Camara
2016 *“DOTART WITH JACKSON POLLOCK" DOTMAN LOVE LIFE MAY I PROJECT LIFE MoMA, NEW YORK, USA
2016 “DOTART WOMEN” THE ARTIST PROJECT TORONTO TORONTO, CANADA 
2016 *(DOTART "DOTMAN MAY I PROJECT LIFE") AGA KHAN MUSEUM TORONTO, CANADA
2015 *(DOTART WITH HENRY MOORE "DOTMAN MAY I PROJECT LIFE") AGO TORONTO, CANADA
2015 *(DOTART WITH BASQUIAT NOW'S THE TIME" DOTMAN MAY I PROJECT LIFE") AGO TORONTO, CANADA
2014 “CARPE DIEM” (DOTART) SELECT INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR MIAMI, USA   Curator Tim Goossens
2014 "TIBOR HARGITAI REMARKABLE” (DOTART) SELECT INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR NEW YORK, USA  Curator Brian Whiteley
2014 "@NOW" (THE START OF DOTART and SUPERSUPREMATISM) TORONTO ART EXPO Metro Toronto Convention Center, CANADA  self curated 
2013 "WET DREAMS" Toronto Art Expo Metro Toronto Convention Center, Canada self curated
2004 “MONOSCOPE” Hungarian Opera House Budapest HUNGARY self curated with ANDRAS GAL
1995 “DEATH AND BIRTH BETWEEN RED AND BLUE EYES” (RETROSPECTIVE) VASARELY MUSEUM Budapest HUNGARY  Curator Maria Egri
1994 “T.H. PHASES” Sobot Fine Art Gallery Toronto CANADA Curator Stephen Sobot
1993 “T.H.” Black and Gold Gallery Beverly Hills U.S.A. Curator Lula Szasz

 

* ("DOTMAN MAY I PROJECT LIFE") is an inclusive ongoing time space life project, aimed to challenge the status quo of how we create, present and receive art

selected Group:

2022 "INTERPRETATIONS DIEFENBUNKER" CHAC/RACH DIEFENBUNKER MUSEUM OTTAWA, CANADA Curator Andrea Blanar
2021 'BED BOYS OF GOOD ART" ARTSIDE contemporary ART TORONTO, CANADA Curator T.H.
2019 “KISKEPZO 240 /Connecting past to present/” KUNSTHALLE, BUDAPEST, HUNGARY Curator Marianna Mayer
2018 Annual Show, Latcham Art Centre, Stouffville, Ont,CANADA Curator Elisa Coish
2018 “ART IN MIGRATION” Swan Lake, RICHMOND HILL, CANADA Curator Lilita Tannis
2017 "PERSONAL STRUCTURES - open borders" "TIME SPACE LIFE" TOTEM WOMAN and DOTART Installation at Palazzo Mora 57th VENICE BIENNALE, European Cultural Centre, VENICE, ITALY Curators Valeria Romagnini Lucia Pedrana VIRTUAL TOUR here
2017 “IN SITU” CANADA-HUNGARY, (DOTART CANADA 150 AND TOTEM WOMAN) THE INTERNATIONAL PAVILION OTTAWA, CANADA, Curator Andrea Blanar
2016 “SQUARE LITTLE WORLDS” JADITE GALLERIES NEW YORK USA Curator Adelinda Allegretti
2016 “DOTART WOMEN” TRIENNALE ITALIA INTERNATIONAL ART EXPO VERONA [solo] VERONA, ITALY
2016 “RAW” TORONTO, ONTARIO CANADA
2015 “SELF PORTRAITS #2” CYPRESS COLLEGE ART GALLERY, LOS ANGELES, USA Curator Adelinda Allegretti
2015 “ART SHOPPING CONTEMPORARY” AT LOUVRE, PARIS, FRANCE
2015 “FROM CARAVAGGIO TO MODERN DAYS” MUSEUM BRAMANTE HALLS, PIAZZA DEL POPPOLO,  ROMA, ITALY  Curator Paolo Levi
2015 BIENAL DE ART BARCELONA MEAM (european modern art museum), BARCELONA, SPAIN Curator Salvatore Russo
2015 FIRENZE ART, GUICCIARDINI PALACE, FLORENCE, ITALY Curator Salvatore Russo
2015 BIENNALE OF PALERMO, PALAZZO SANT'ELIA, ITALY Curator Salvatore Russo
1996 "MILLECENTENNIAL at Hungarian Consulate General, Hungarian American Contemporary” New York U.S.A. Curator Viola Finn
1993 “ART MIAMI” International Art Expo. Miami U.S.A. /Laurier Art Corporation/
1992 “ART ASIA” International Art Expo. Hong Kong /Laurier Art Corporation/
 
 
 
 
Awards selected
2019 CANADA COUNCIL for the ARTS “ARTS ABROAD” GRANT
1986 DOMANOVSZKY HONOR PRIZE BUDAPEST HUNGARY
1982 1st PLACE DRAWING BUDAPEST HUNGARY

Publications

 

2017 ART PLEASE... TIBOR HARGITAI documentary film , Directed by Vanessa Smith New York
2017 HUNGARIAN LIFE March p12-14 by Bánfalvi Laura "Mindenki művész és minden művészet"
2017 TORONTO LIFE by Samantha Edwards The Walk
2017 CBC ARTS by Leah Collins Tibor Hargitai The Walk
2017 CTV NEWS TORONTO The Walk
2016 ACADEMIA ITALIA IN ARTE NEL MONDO Catalog p.112
2016 The 21st Century Art Book, “Dotart”, p.59
2016 Post City Toronto (Feb. edition), “The Artist Project - The Rise of Graffiti as Home Décor”, by Nikki Gill
2016 Triennale Verona Italy Catalog p.253
2015 We Contemporary 2015 Musa International Art Space, P156-157
2015 Effetto Arte May/June P.202-205 Tibor Hargitai Dotart=Vita Spazio Tempo Salvatore Russo
2015 EFFETTO ARTE March/April
2015 CATALOGE BIENNALE OF PALERMO, DOTART MA p.598
2015 CATALOG BIENNALE OF BARCELONA, DOTART WOMEN p.45
2015 Over Art Sept/Oct Cover P.9-11, Tibor Hargitai Dotart=Vita Spazio Tempo Salvatore Russso
2005 Art Today Új Művészet, Budapest, Vol.16, No. 1 Ellentétes Pályák Találkozása Bordács Andrea
1995 Vasarely Museum Halál És Születés (Kék És Vörös Szemek Között) Catalog
1995 Kurir Budapest Febr. 02. Kiállitás
1995 Blikk, Vol.14. Keresztre Feszités Három Dimenzióban Poos Zoltán P.11
1995 Vasárnapi Hirek Budapest, Vol.11, No.49, Magyar Festői Siker Kanadában P.8.
1995 Fészek, Toronto, Vol.1, No.3, Tiborr Hargitai P.3, P.10, P.12,
1995 Vasárnapi Hirek Budapest, Vol.11, No.5, Filozófus Festő Kanadából P.8. Pálffy Judit
1995 Magyar Élet, Toronto, Vol.48, No.8. Tiborr Hargitai Megfestett Kőltészete A Halál És Születés Bolerója P.6. Pálffy Judit
1994 Magyar Élet, Toronto, Vol.47, No.13, Festő Akit Nem Az Irányzatok Irányitanak Bessenyei László
1994 Magyar Élet, Toronto, Vol.47, No.17, A Lélek Szineváltozásai "Gondolatok Hargitai Tiborr Képeiről" P.6. Simándi Ágnes
1994 Kanadai Magyarság, Toronto, Vol.44, No.13, Hargitai Tiborr Kiállitása Toronto-Ban Koroknay Imre
1993 Új Magyarország, Budapest, Vol.3, No.217, [Szó-Váltás] A Lélekfestő P.8. Veszprémi Miklós
1993 Vasárnapi Hirek,Budapest Vol.9, No.22, Amerikai Tájon Magyar Ecsettel "Gondolatok Negativban" P.7. Lőkös Zoltán
1993 ART Miami '93 Miami Tibor Hargitai "Red and Blue meeting" p.198.


 

Collections

 

B.R. Cantor collection Santa Monica USA
B.Manz collection Regina Saskatchewan CANADA
E.Grinberg collection Toronto Ontario CANADA
J.Hennick collection Toronto Ontario CANADA
L.Szasz collection Los Angeles California USA
T.Mercer collection Calgary CANADA
V.Kanwar collection Milton CANADA
A.Gal collection Budapest HUNGARY
P.Lanyi collection Budapest HUNGARY
L.Buzas collection Toronto Ontario CANADA
R.Brown collection Toronto Ontario CANADA
V.Finn collection London UK

Schola Graphidis Budapest HUNGARY
Art Guild L.A. Los Angeles California USA
TA2 Toronto Ontario CANADA
FirstService Corporation Toronto Ontario CANADA
Laurier Arts Corporation Calgary Alberta CANADA
West Art International Calgary Alberta CANADA