Emőke Lőrincz is an Hungarian visual artist, born in Havana, Cuba, living in Budapest, Hungary. She works as an art director – and she also paints.
Her paintings are a mixture of meaningful nostalgia and odd situations. She is inspired by her memories and that of others – and from old photos and pictures found on the internet. She places her often idealized, sometimes grotesque, puppet-like, introspective characters in intimate or uncomfortable situations.
The excitement of reproduction: she adds visual details to the barely visible features found on knick-knacks, sculptures, and blurry photos, and put them into new situations. The documented past is reimagined creating new memories.
Although she paint from photos, she just uses them as reference material. While painting, she watches parallel two-three different photos and chooses the detail which most excites her.
As she paints alla-prima, her painting is instinctive and spontaneous. Because the details are not pre-invented, the final result develops on the canvas, the picture evolves organically. She works with hard brushes not to be lost in fine details.

She incorporates her experience in digital design into her painting, while also taking part in creating interactive museum installations.

Only the nonexistent can stay unharmed; the transience crawls even into the imaginary world of the paintings.

#nostalgia #daguerreotype #dollface #play #grotesk #mask #memories #circus #monkeys

Formal education and courses

2014- Painting technics and theory, Master: Csaba Kis Róka
2014- Mobile App UX Course
Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest
2012-2013 Secondary School of Visual Arts, Budapest, Adult Education
2012- Traditional Asian Watercolor Painting
Chiang Mai, Panisa, Master: Auxchanok Chirakul
1993-1998 Bachelor and Master degree in Visual Communication and Graphic Design
Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest
1997- Visual Communication and Graphic Design
Espoo-Vantaa Polytechnic, Vantaa, Finland
1990-1992 – Degree in Decoration Design
School of Interior Decoration, Budapest

Professional experience

2012- present – Art Director, MOON42
2010-2012 Art Director, Graphic and UI designer, Liligo
2008-2010 – Freelance Graphic Artist
2001-2008 – Art Director, Graphic and UI designer, Mirai Interactive/Arcus Interactive Group

Exhibitions and awards

2020 Rómer Flóris Museum of Art and History – Győr County Autumn Exhibition – Group Exhibition
2020 Miskolc Gallery, Miskolc and MANK – 'Achivement' – Group Exhibition
2020 VadArt, Budapest – Group Exhibition
2019 Winter Selection, Gallery ART&ME, Budapest – Group Exhibition
2019 MÜÜSKA at Kare Design, Budapest – Group exhibition
2018 Donating an oil painting to the annual XpatLoop Charity Auction to benefit UNICEF Hungary and Young People in Need Non-Profit Org.
2018 Gallery ART&ME Budapest – ACTA EST FABULA | The Game is Over – Solo exhibition
2016 "Hommage á Malonyai Dezső", Danube Palace, Budapest – Group exhibition
2015 Interactive installation at the Hungarian Ethnography Museum w/MOON42
2010 Dr. Hepp Ferenc Elementary School, Békés – Building-painting Competition, 1st prize
1999 National Gallery, Budapest – Contemporary Hungarian Graphic Design and Typography – Group exhibition 1999 Olof Palme House, Budapest – National Biennale of Graphic Design – Group exhibition
1998 Gallery Tölgyfa, Budapest – Best Diplomas – Group exhibition
1998 Műcsarnok/Kunsthalle Budapest – “Posters” – Group exhibition
1997 National Biennale of Graphic Design, Békéscsaba – Group exhibition