Publicado el: 22/11/2011

Gyula Kósice

“Art is the currency for the absolute” Sculptor and poet, forerunner in kinetic and luminic art

He was one of the initiators of Abstract, non-figurative art in Latin America, he wrote the founding manifesto of the MADI, first international cultural movement launched from Argentina with a clear and particular proposal for the different art disciplines. Madí, whose name comes from the Spanish Republican chant “Madrid, Madrid, no pasarán", adopted cut out frames as new sport for painting, ans proposed the concept of “invention” as a base for drawing, sculpture, architecture, music, poetry, drama, novels, tales and dance.

Kósice, a painter, sculptor and poet, was the first to use water and neon gas as part of his artistic production, also resorting to other novel elements like light and movement. “To me, art is the currency for the absolute”, he believes, and his vision of the one’s own work is that of traveling between figuration and non-figuration.

The author of monumental sculptures, hydrospacial tours, hydromurals, and even a sort of Hydrospacial City, after about forty individual exhibitions and around 500 collective exhibitions, in 2005 Kósice transformed his studio into a museum.

Born in April 1924 in Kósice, Czechoslovakia (today, Slovakia), his parents settled in Argentina when he was three or four years old. Along his artistic career he changed his real name, Fernando Fallik, for Kósice, the city where he was born.


Source: "Jewish Life in Argentina: Contributions for the Bicentennial," coordinated by Magdalena Faillence.Curatorial Project, content and production: Elio Kapszuk - Ana E. Wainstein


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