István Haász (1946) was born in Gönc, Hungary, lives and works in Budapest. He studied at the Teachers’ Training College of Eger and at the Collage of Fine Arts in Hungary. Many of his works were shown at solo and group exhibitions, both locally and internationally. In 2012 he received the DAAD scholarship in Worpswede, and in 1996 he was awarded with the Pollock – Krasner Foundation’s Scholarship in New York. In 2002 he received the Munkácsy Award, and in 2010 the Hungarian Republic’s Notable Artist Award, which are the most prestigious art prizes in Hungary. In 2014 and 2015 he was invited to participate at the Artist-in-Residence Krems residency as a guest artist. Since 2006 he is a member of OSAS (Open Structures Art Society), and from 2009 he is a full member of the Széchenyi Academy of Letters and Arts. His works can be found in several museums and private collection.
István Haász’s works examine the surfaces’ relation to each other and their effect on space. Meanwhile he calls forth the possibilities hidden in the playfulness of light and shadow, and the storytelling powers of colours. His works are closely linked to the traditions of constructivist painting, yet his methods of creation revel new ways, which are far from the conventional.