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Luca Sára Rózsa – The tree of Knowlege

Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles is currently presenting Naked Mammals, the American debut solo exhibition for Budapest-based artist Luca Sára Rózsa.

The exhibition features recent paintings that depict unclothed humans within nature. As the artist describes it, “nature plays a different role within the philosophical approaches developed in the East and the West.

Eastern philosophies attest to a balanced juxtaposition, the yin and yang of nature, whereas the Western approach is organized upon a hierarchy, with man on the top and everything else lined up below in order to serve him.

The figures in my paintings are mammals who have eaten from the Tree of Knowledge, expelled from Paradise, where they are fully exposed to their fate, at times facing it with resignation, while at other times seeking and questioning its meaning.”

Working typically with large-scale canvases, the compositional practice of Francis Bacon and Georg Baselitz can be recognized in Rozsa’s early oil paintings – a background neutral in regard to time and space surrounds the figures, her primary subject matter.

She soon created her distinctive visual language, which boldly features gestural figurative painting’s heavy use of color, paint, and volume.

Her pictures are contemporary contemplations on the 15-17th Century religious iconography and the Representative Portraiture compositional theory. Her brushstrokes are expressive and boldly handled; she rarely uses models; therefore, her gestures are immediate translations of her ideas and subjects.

Born in Budapest in 1990, Luca Sára Rózsa grew up between Brazil and Hungary. She returned to Europe to study at Eszterházy Károly College, Eger, Hungary (2009-2012); Universitate di Arta si Design, Cluj Napoca, Romania (2011); Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest (2012-2017) and Jan Matejko University of Fine Arts,  Krakow (2015). She has had eleven solo exhibitions in Hungary since 2011, most recently at Viltin Gallery, Budapest (2021). This is her first exhibition at Steve Turner, Los Angeles.