by Agape Charmani
Istvan Nyari is an artist based in London and Budapest. His acrylic paintings depict a surreal, dark world where hyperrealistically-depicted dolls, toddlers, toys and people, struggle to interact with each other.
More than struggling, the characters embrace the queerness the artist has given to their appearances and actions. Kitsch, Japanese anime-inspired the works are dipped in the void of their own madness.
As he explains in an interview, Nyari feels like every painting he does is his first one, “Every time I start a new painting I have to start everything all over again, I do not remember how I’ve finished the previous one. I start every painting if I had never painted before. There is no routine, no practiced movements, so it is always a challenge to start a new one. In term of techniques I have a total short memory like a fish in a tank within its own surroundings who gets surprised every single second about the world around him. Perhaps this is an advantage or luck, you name it.”