Attila Richard Lukacs
Internationally recognized Canadian Painter, Attila Richard Lukacs was born in Alberta in 1962. In 1985, Lukacs graduated from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, British Columbia. While still a student at Emily Carr, Lukacs and 7 other painters were selected for a show at the Vancouver Art Gallery titled The Young Romantics. The exhibition, curated at Scott Watson, focused on new young painters whose work was seen as the return of painting.
Lukacs moved to Berlin in 1986, working at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin and in 1996, he relocated to New York City in order to be closer to the center of American art. In 2001, he left New York for Maui, Hawaii and finally returned to Canada in 2003. The artist now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada where he maintains a full-time studio on the east side.
Lukacs became famous for his large, ambitious paintings depicting exaggerated masculine figures in the classical tradition. His paintings illustrate the artist’s intimate knowledge of the historical compositions and themes of David, Rembrandt, Giotto and Caravaggio as well as the compositional devices of the miniature painters and illustrators of India and the Middle East. Not just as figure painter, his range as an artist is evident in his stunning abstract paintings and collages as well as a collection of paintings of flowers and trees and numerous etchings.
Lukacs has shown extensively internationally and has work in collections such as Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery, Rideau Hall, Ottawa, Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary, Edmonton Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario, National Gallery of Canada, Canada Council Art Bank, Canadian Embassy, Saudi Arabia, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Gent, Belgium ,Musée d'Art Contemporain, Montreal, Froahlich Collection, Germany, Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne, Germany, Phyllis Kind, New York, John Stewart Collection, New York, Salah Bachir, Toronto and Dietmar Werle, Cologne, Germany.