István Haász (1946) was born in Gönc, Hungary, lives and works in Budapest. He studied painting at the University of Fine Arts in Hungary. Many of his works were presented at solo and group exhibitions, both locally and internationally throughout Europe and the United States as well. In 1996 He was awarded with the Pollock – Krasner Foundation scholarship, and in 2002 he received the Munkácsy Award, which is one of the most prestigious art prizes in Hungary. Between 2014 and 2015 he was invited to participate at the Krems Artist in Residence program. His work can be found in countless international institutional and private collection, such as the Ludwig Museum or Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest
Haász’s works are imbued with a geometric and constructivist idiom. The dynamic of his images are shaped by opposites and contradictory principles and is also determined by the elements of fragmentation. The rhythm of his structures is on one hand very calm, almost silent, on the other hand constantly changing and altering. The color yellow, which has played a dominant role in the artist’s work over the past two decades, is the main motif for a large number of his works. His choice of yellow has a pragmatic origin. In order to distinguish himself from the popular trend surrounding the white cube, he consciously chose a color that was largely free of associations and that suggested neither the aesthetic of emptiness nor absence.