photo by Matt Sturgess
Attila Konnyu is a Hungarian-born American virtuosic artist. His multidisciplinary practice extends beyond painting to include sculpture, film, writing and architecture. He is also an experimental theatrical and movie director but primarily a painter. He studied architecture at Ybl Miklos University. He began his film career in the 1980s, working with Mafilm Hungarian Studios in Budapest as an artistic director. He also worked with Hungarian Television MTV as an executive producer. In 2003 he directed and produced the Radiomax party at the club Amnesia in Ibiza, renowned as the Best Global Nightclub. Later he began working on short films as a writer, director and producer.
Konnyu has always been an avid traveler, having visited all of the continents except Antarctica, and sampling the cultural influences of this global experience. Konnyu’s experiences during his meditations guided him towards Expressionism. During the three years he lived in Spain and Italy, he was fortunate enough to meet with two influential and renowned abstract expressionists Karel Appel and Emil Shumacher. After his meeting with the great artists he held in high regard, Konnyu began his new journey of gestural painting with an enigmatic aspect of his self-expression. Konnyu started taking the abstract shapes further, his gestural abstractions where the material is being shaped by his hand, by modeling, working out the shapes in clay. These abstract shapes may reference human or animal figures. Konnyu distorts and breaks up the form, sometimes he leaves it behind altogether. The undulating form cast in bronze interprets the appearing thing in its essence.
After moving to the U.S. in 2013, his experiences and inspirations evolved and revived his love for movie making. With his American and European partners, he wrote, directed and produced on various projects both in Europe and the United States. In 2018 he started introduce his art to China, where he exhibited at the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC), in Beijing, as well as several other major cities in Mainland China. Two hundred million viewers around the world watched his documentary broadcast on the Chinese International Television Channel on September 22, 2019. (Attila Konnyu’s Journey to the Sichuan Opera - Foreigners in China). Konnyu currently lives and works in Palm Beach, Florida.