Display Name
Beata Szechy
Date/Place of Birth
1950, Budapest, Hungary
Preferred Media / Type of Work

Printmaking, installation, book-art

Artist's statement

"The only valid thing in art is the one thing that cannot be explained, to explain away the mystery of a great painting would do irreplaceable harm, for whenever you explain or define something you substitute the explanation or definition for the image of the thing." -- Henry Matisse So here I am, trying to define my art. There is so much to be said about seeing, about how we have learned to perceive, about our experience of the world. Art can certainly have multiple messages and meanings. My art becomes a form of visual documentation of my experiences, moral standards and traditions.


Solo Exhibitions: 1982 Studio Gallery, Budapest, Hungary 1983 Obuda Gallery, Budapest, Hungary Youth Center, Szeged, Hungary 1984 City Library, Mako, Hungary Ciffra Palace, Kecskemet, Hungary 1985 "Memories", Boglar-Lelle, Kek-Kapolna, Hungary 1986 "Family", The French Institute, Budapest, Hungary "Rome", City Museum, Balassagyarmat, Hungary 1987 "Budapest-Rome-San Francisco", San Francisco, California 1988 Ariel Gallery, Albany, California 1989 "Food", Artspots Exhibit, Concord, California 1990 Gallery Reiffenstein, Vienna, Austria Barnes & Conti Associates, Berkeley, California 1991 Courtyard Gallery, Alameda, California 1992 "Tangram", Oakland Museum, Oakland, California 1994 ÒOutside-InsideÓ, Dorottya Gallery, Budapest, Hungary 1995 Artist Talk, DARE at the MAC, Dallas, Texas 1996 Book exhibition, Hungarian Cultural Institute, Bucharest, Romania Floating Gallery, Budapest, Hungary "Borderless Garden", Installation and Performance, 5501 Columbia Art Center, Dallas, Texas 1997 "The Last Supper", Craighead-Green Gallery, Dallas, Texas 1998 "The Last Supper", Budapest Gallery, Budapest, Hungary 1999 "Floppy-Flowers", Contemporary Art Center (with Ken Little), Fort Worth, Texas 2001 "Floppy-Flowers", Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, Hungary Mixed Exhibitions: 1981Studio Ô81, Budapest, Hungary ÒBeginning of the Road?Ó, Bartok 32. Gallery, Budapest, Hungary 1982 Graphic Biennial, Miskolc, Hungary 1st Drawing Biennial, Salgotarjan, Hungary 15th International Graphic Biennial, Ljubljana, Slovenia Vajda Lajos Studio, Szentendre, Hungary Studio Ô82, Mucsarnok, Budapest, Hungary FMK, Budapest, Hungary 1983 Small Sculpture Biennial, Pecs, Hungary Graphic Biennial, Miskolc, Hungary Studio Ô83, Ernst Museum, Budapest, Hungary Graphic Studio of Mako, Mako, Hungary ÓContemporary Graphic and DrawingÒ National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary 1984 Graphic Biennial, Oslo, Norway IntergraphicÕ84, Berlin, Germany "The Achievements of Art Symposia", Mucsarnok, Budapest, Hungary Bulgarian International Painting Biennial, Bulgaria 16th International Graphic Biennial, Ljubljana, Slovenia Museum of Military History, Budapest, Hungary Graphic Studio of Mako, Mako, Hungary Studio Ô84, BNV, Budapest, Hungary International Mail Art, Budapest, Hungary Hotel Gellert, Budapest, Hungary Sport Competition, Budapest, Hungary 7th National Exhibition, Debrecen, Hungary 1985 ÓContemporary Hungarian ArtistsÓ, Gallery Route One, Point Reyes, California Memorial Union Gallery, Davis, California Szczecin Museum, Poland Graphic Biennial, Miskolc, Hungary International Experimental Art, Petofi Csarnok, Budapest, Hungary National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary Art Studio, Sopron, Hungary Bartok 32. Gallery, Budapest, Hungary 1986 Ninth British International Print Biennial, UK International Impact Art Festival, Kyoto, Japan National Fine Art Museum, Budapest, Hungary Young Artist Studio, Budapest, Hungary International Experimental Art, Budapest, Hungary 1987 Breckenridge Gallery, San Francisco, California Natsoulas Novalozo Gallery, Sacramento, California Natsoulas Novalozo Gallery, Davis, California Art Expo, Los Angeles, California 1988 International Mini Print Exhibition, Johnson City, New York "War of the Worlds", Princeton, New Jersey ÓPaperworksÒ, Oakland, California "Last Picture Show", Walnut Creek, California 43rd Annual Marin County Exhibition, San Rafael, California Annual International Competition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1989 Triangle Gallery, San Francisco, California California Works 1989, California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa, California "San Francisco 100!", Alligator Gallery, San Francisco, California ÓMatrixÕ89Ò, Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, California ÒJazz/ArtÓ KimballÕs East, Emeryville, California "Line and Form", Hatley Martin Gallery, San Francisco, California 3rd National Exhibition, Clary-Miner Gallery, Buffalo, New York 70th National Exhibition, G.W. V. S. Museum, Springfield, Massachusetts BACA, Berkeley, California California Works 1989, Sacramento, California 1990 Courtyard Gallery, Alameda, California "Pen and Ink", Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, California 71th National Exhibition, G.W.V. S. Museum, Springfield, Masachusetts Juried CAA National Members Exhibition, Chautauqua, New York Peacemaking in Action, R. S. College Art Gallery, Santa Ana, California Open Studio, ProArts, Oakland, California 45rd Annual Marin County Exhibition, San Rafael, California 1991 Kala Fellowship Exhibition, Berkeley, California Bayfront Gallery, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, California "The ArtistÕs Book", Artisans, Mill Valley, California Gallery Reiffeinstein, Vienna, Austria "California Works", Sacramento, California Graphic Biennial, Miskolc, Hungary ÓNew World OrderÒ, Bison Gallery, Berkeley, California "PrintmakerÕs Show", Village Theatre Gallery, Danville, California ÓWild ShowÒ, Napa Art Center, Napa, California Courtyard Gallery, Alameda, California "Kala Group Show", Berkeley Store Gallery, Berkeley, California Giorgi Gallery, Berkeley, CA 1992 "One Square Foot", Gensler & Associates, Inc., Santa Monica, California Pyramid Atlantic, Riverdale, Maryland Kala Institute Gallery, Berkeley, California The Foreigner - BeautiFUL, Budapest, Hungary The Fire Art Project, Oakland-Berkeley, California ÒPrints PlusÓ, Palo Alto, California Open Studio, Berkeley, California Giorgi Gallery, Berkeley, California 1993 ÒBorderlessÓ, Kala Institute, Berkeley, California Slovenian Mini Print Biennial, Ljubljana, Slovenia Manhattan Graphics Center, New York, New York International Print Biennial, Maastricht, Netherlands 1st. Egyptian International Print Triennial, Egypt Graphics Biennial, Miskolc, Hungary Exhibit of Mako Art Studio, Hungary ÒItalyÓ, The Italian Culture Institute, Budapest, Hungary LA Thompson Gallery, Dallas, Texas City Hall, San Francisco, California Giorgi Gallery, Berkeley, California Center of the Visual Arts, Oakland, California 1994 Craighead-Green Gallery, Dallas, Texas ARTexasÕ94, Dallas, Texas Szegedi Keptar, Szeged, Hungary ÓSmall graphicsÒ, Ujpesti Gallery, Budapest, Hungary ÒChanged DimensionsÓ, Csok Istvan Gallery, Budapest, Hungary MakO Art Group Exhibition, Pecs, Hungary 1995 ÒLivres A MediterÓ, Gallery Pont-Neuf, Paris, France "The Book Reconfigurated", The Center for Women & Their Work, Inc., Austin, Texas Fine Art Museum, Budapest, Hungary ExpoÕ95, 500X Gallery, Dallas, Texas Craighead-Green Gallery, Dallas, Texas Erdesz Gallery, Szentendre, Hungary "Circle, Fire, Space" Csontvary Gallery, Budapest, Hungary Miskolci Gallery, Miskolc, Hungary Academy of Fine Arts, Barcsay Gallery, Budapest, Hungary "Book and Music", Museum of Music History, Budapest, Hungary 1996 "Paper Words, Artist' Books", Florida Craftsmen Gallery, St. Petersburg, Florida "Good-By", Honor to Marcel Duchamp, Budapest Gallery, Budapest, "The Book Reconfigurated", Texas A&M, Texas "The Book Reconfigurated", Corpus Christi State University, Corpus Christi, Texas "The Book Reconfigurated", Texas Women's University, Denton , Texas Women and Their Work Gallery, Austin, Texas Works on Paper, Craighead-Green Gallery, Dallas, Texas International Book Art Exhibition, Vigado Gallery, Budapest, Hungary "Libretto", Book Art in the Budapest Opera Gallery, Hungary Fine Art Museum, Book Art, Budapest, Hungary XVIII. Graphics Biennial, Miskolc, Hungary Book Art, Prague, Czech Republic 1997 The Book as Art", Oklahoma City, City Arts Center," Oklahoma 52nd Annual Competition, Museum of Abilene, Abilene, Texas "Livres-Objects' Biannual, Paris, France "The Fourth Dimension", The MAC, Dallas, Texas "The Book as Art", Branningan Cultural Center, Las Cruces, New Mexico 1st Biennale Internationale Des Livres-Objects, Xantus Janos Museum, Gyor, Hungary "Hungarian Salon '97", Mucsarnok, Budapest, Hungary "Memoir of Peter Gemes, Water-line", Dovin Gallery, Budapest, Hungary "Time of the Book", Pecsi Gallery, Pecs, Hungary 1998 "Image & Text", SFA Gallery, Stephen F. Austin University, Texas EXPO'98, 500X Gallery, Dallas, Texas Erdesz Gallery, Szentendre, Hungary Cultural Center, District 12, Budapest, Hungary XII. District Fine Art Exhibition, MOM, Budapest 1999 Off the Page, Fifth annual membership exhibition. MAC, Dallas, Texas Horse show, with Beata Veszely, Tatersar, Budapest, Hungary "Past-Present-Future", Contemporary Art Museum, Szekesfehervar, Hungary 2000 Women Artists, Hungarian Embassy, Washington DC EXPO 2000, 500X Gallery, Dallas, Texas "Postcards From All Over", IAA Center for the Arts, Irving, Texas 2001 Works on Paper, Craighead-Green Gallery, Dallas, Texas

Art Education

Art Education: 1982 BFA, Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary 1980 MFA, Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary 1999 MLA, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas Teaching: 1996 to date Art Teacher, Dallas Independent School Trust 1996 to date Art Teacher, Columbia Art Center, Dallas, Texas 1999 to date Art Therapist, Dallas, Texas

Awards and Publications

Awards: 1982 First Prize, Annual Studio Exhibit, Budapest, Hungary First Prize, Metamorphosis Competition, Hungary 1983 Studio Award, Budapest, Hungary 1985 First Prize, International Young Artist Congress, Budapest, Hungary 1986 Studio Award, Budapest, Hungary 1988 Merit Award, San Rafael, California 1989 Art Award, 70th National Exhibition, Springfield, Masachusetts Award of Merit, California Works, Sacramento, California Honor Award, San Rafael, California 1990 Third Prize, Peacemaking in Action, Santa Ana, California Merit Award, 71th National Exhibition, Springfield, Masachusetts Certificate of Achievement, Mendocino Art Center, California 1991 Award of Merit, California Works, Sacramento, California 1993 Prix dÕAchat, Slovenija Mini Print Biennial, Slovenija Scholarships and Grants: 1985 ArtistsÕ meeting, Szczecin, Poland 1986 Hungarian Ministry of Culture, Academy of Hungary, Rome, Italy ArtistsÕ meeting, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Turkmenistan 1990-93 Ann Flanagan Fellowship, Berkeley, California 1995 Hungarian National Foundation, Hungary 1997 Soros Foundation, New York 1998 Hungarian National Foundation, Hungary Commissions: 1992 Memorial Plaque, St. MaryÕs College, California 1991 Foot Wear First, Berkeley, California 1990 Mural 16Õ X 8Õ and 6Õ X 8Õ, Victoria Chang, Walnut Creek, California Catalogues: 1985 Three Dimension, Catalogue with 12 B & W plates and introduction 1996 Outside-Inside, Catalogue with 24 color plates and introduction Critical Reviews: 1982 "XI. Grafikai Biennale Miskolcon", Magyar Nemzet ( I.10., Megay LAszlO ) "Studio '82", Magyar Nemzet ( XI.14., Ember MAria ) "Kollazs-kEtszer", Magyar Nemzet ( VIII. 25., BAn AndrAs ) "Egy pAlyAzat tanulsAgai", Magyar IfjusAg ( VII. 30. KrEmer ) "KivUl-belUl semmi", Esti Hirlap ( XI. 16., HarangozO MArta ) 1983 "Panoptikum", Elet Es Irodalom ( XI., Vadas JOzsef ) MUvEszet "Kis Es nagy szobrok", Magyar Nemzet ( VIII.11., BAn AndrAs) "LAttuk hallottuk", Magyar RadiO, Budapest DEl-MagyarorszAg 1984 MUvEszet Csongrd Megyei Hirlap ( VII. 19., HajdU IstvAn ) "Meccs kOzben", NEpszabadsAg ( XI. 17., P.SzUcs Julianna ) "Sz. B. kiAllitAsa a KecskemEti galEriAban", ( Simon Magdolna ) "Grafikai MUhely-sorozat", PetOfi NEpe ( IX. 7., AndrAsi GAbor ) 1985 "A view to current Hungarian Art",California Aggie(XI.20.,Derek Ryor ), California "New work from Hungary", Artweek (VIII. 24.,Rebecca Solnit), California "From Budapest with expression", Sacramento Bee (Victoria Dalkey), California "Sinne Ira...", Magyar Nemzet ( BAn AndrAs ) Magyar Nemzet ( IX. 12., Gyetvai Agnes ) "MakOi mUvEsztelep '83-'84", UjtUkOr ( III.10., BodzsAr ErzsEbet ) Glos Szczecinski Magazin ( VIII. 10., Danuta Kret ), LengyelorszAg "FEnykEpek Es plasztikus kEpek", Magyar IfjusAg ( VI. 14., P.SzabO ErnO), MozgO VilAg PacificSun ( VIII. 9. ), California "Art notes", Point Reyes Light ( VIII. 1., Joanne Dickson ), California "Historic break through brings Hungarian Art here" P.R.L.(VIII.18.,Jane Thrall ), California 1986 "Tiberis-szAlak", Magyar Nemzet (VI. 18., BAn AndrAs) 1987 "Hungarian artist visit U.S."Contra Costa Times (VIII.16.,Carol Fowler), California "Exotic and Unusual", The California Aggie (Roberta Flodea), California 1988 "Bears Messages", The Philadelphia Inquirer (XII.3.,Victoria Donohe), Philadelphia The Voice ( I. 21. ), California 1991 "Raging Brew", Daily California (III. 22.Vini Beachem), California 1994 Reggeli Csucs, PetOfi Radio ( December 19., Lesli Monika) PEntektl-PEntekig, PetOfi Radio ( November 18.) ÓCrying BooksÓ, BeszElO, Cultural Magazine ( December 1., HajdU IstvAn) ÒSculpted Books- Book SculpturesÓ, UjmagyarorszAg ( December 10., A. Banovich) ÓB. Szechy ExhibitionÒ, Magyar Narancs ( December 8., HorAnyi) ÒLombrass in the LibraryÓ, Dorottya Gallery ( November 17., Andrasi Gabor) Pestmegyei Hirlap ( November 19) Bukaresti Magyar SzO ( January 18., SzabO EmOke) Hungarian Culture Institute ( January 17., Vida GyOrgy) 1995 KOnyvek Altal...vissza, UjMUvEszet, (SinkO Istvan, April) "Meditations' in the Book" Magyar Nemzet (December 20, P. SzabO ErnO) PEntektOl-PEntekig, PetOfi Radio ( August 28.) "KOnnyes KOnyvek", BeszElO (HajdU IstvAn, December 1) "Reading into art", Austin American Statement, (September 21, Madeline Irvine) "A Day in the Neighborhood", The Austin Chronicle, ( September 22, Rebecca Levy) 1996 "Don't judge these books by their covers", Times (April 25, Mary Ann Marger) "Borderless Garden", The Word (January, Irwin Arnsein) "Lost Art", Observer (June 13, Matt Weitz) "Borderless Garden" The Met (January 24, Marina Isola) Dallas Morning News, (February 3, Ellen Sweets) "Adventures in the Borderless Garden" Magyar Nemzet , (January, P.SzabO ErnO) Reviews on the exhibition at the Vigado Gallery, Budapest, Hungary 1997 "The Last Supper", Observer (May 1, Jimmy Fowler) "The Last Supper", KRLD 1080AM Radio (May 2, Peter Arnell) "The Last Supper", The Turtle Creek News (April 27) "The Last Supper", The Met, (May 14, Emily Hughes) "The Last Supper", Fort Worth Star Telegram, (May 11, Suzanne Akhtar) "Biography of Who is Who", (Peter Hermann) 1998 "Advertising and the twelve apostles" (Kepes Europa, 1998 July 8.) MTV2 (July 11, Fitz Peter) "Artists' celebration on the hill", Hegyvidk ( July 1, Scheken PAlma) 1999 "Floppy Flowers", Fort Worth Star Telegram, (February 14,Suzanne Akhtar) "Floppy Flowers", Fort Worth Star Telegram, (November 13, Janet Tyson) "Past-present-future", Muveszet, (July, Judit Szeifert)

Work Held in Collections

Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, Hungary Oakland Museum, Oakland, California Contemporay Arts, Dallas, Texas Documentary Arts, Dallas, Texas Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary International Impact Art Festival, Kyoto, Japan Istvan Kiraly Museum, Szekesfehervar, Hungary Minisry of Culture, Budapest, Hungary Slovenia Graphic Biennial, Slovenia Ljubljana Graphic Biennial, Slovenia British Graphic Biennial, UK Egyptian Graphic Museum, Kairo, Egypt Miskolc Graphic Biennial, Hungary Young Artist Studio, Budapest, Hungary Museum of Modern Art, Pecs, Hungary Museum of Szczecin, Poland American Red Cross, San Francisco, California Dr. Georg Kahlig, Vienna, Austria Jeff & Dara Tillotson, Dallas, Texas Kitty Doolin, Dallas, Texas In private collections in the USA, Hungary, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and England

Member for

6 years 10 months