SHADOW OF PASSION
THE UNIQUE ART OF
S T E V E N B A L O G H
27 February - 28 March
Opening Reception: Thursday, 27 February 6:00-8:00 PM
Steven Balogh will present a selection from four decades of his artworks, dating back to the 1970's Soviet-occupied Hungary, including paintings, installations and photographs, as well as some new ballet-themed works.
Balogh, was born István Vilmos Balogh in Hungary, Europe. At the age of 20 he was drafted for mandatory service in the Hungarian Air Force. This precipitated his deep involvement with art, for starting at the age of 21 he begam making artworks that reflected his military service, deadly plane and parachute accidents, and the fear and brutality he witnessed in Soviet-occupiet Hungary. In 1986, he fled Hungary, only to be interned for 7 months in an Austrian refugee camp. After he was granted political asylum to the United States, he moved to New York City, arriving with a suitcase and $300, and became a US citizan in 1995.
He has had 18 solo shows; the first one in 1980 in Budapest. He recently had two solo shows in New York City. In 2016, he had a long-running show in The Grand Alexis Gallery and in 2018, in Gallery MC. He has participated in dozens of group shows in Europe, the USA, and Asia. Balogh's art figures in the permanent collections of museums in the USA and Europe. His art has always been politically and socially conscious and involved with his times and surroundings.