Robert Horvath

Associate Professor
Painting
Painting and Drawing
Office: 
HR 248
317.278.9488
horvathr@iupui.edu
http://www.robert-horvath.com

Born 1974, Nitra, Slovak Republic
Lives and works in Indianapolis IN

Artist Statement

We live in a society where celebrity worship and an obsession with wealth and luxury goods can coexist daily with news of impending pandemic threats and worldwide political and religious warfare. Gaudy displays of physical vanity and self-aggrandizing behavior have become an acceptable means to define our cultural persona. Tempted by the glow of the spotlight, and seduced by its excesses, we are told by our political leaders that we can solve the world's problems simply by shopping.

In my oil paintings on panel I am exploring this relationship between two realities: a shiny sparkling surface world and a dark and troubled world of fear. Young beautiful bodies vogue and pose in empty, acidic-colored spaces. . Exposed skin takes on a cold, other worldly sheen wrapped in the latest designer fashions. Lurking behind the glitter, the desire for status motivates and defines the search for an advantageous mate. Viral entities, gas clouds and bubbling pink sores begin to roll in as if from a fog machine to obscure or engulf the figures in mid-come-on. This combined imagery forces a visual duality: the escapist pop culture youth can no longer hide from the horrors of reality.

I use a technique of glazing in multi layers to create a luscious candy-colored sweetness in the surface of the works. This colorful sweetness entices participation by the viewer making palpable, the viral cloud menace as it influences the libidinous scene.

With our attention being pulled in so many directions by media over saturation and the cult of celebrity, our society seems to turn its assessing eye further and further inward and away from the darkness of the world’s problems. Is this candy land we have created a beautiful barrage of harmless luxury, or will this insidious viral nature lead to our extinction?

Education

M.F.A. 2002 Painting, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign IL
B.F.A. 1999 Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls TX

Professional Experience

2010-present Assistant Professor, Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI, Indianapolis IN
2004-2010 Assistant Professor, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston IL
2002-2004 Visiting Assistant Professor, Miami University, Oxford OH
2000-2002 Graduate Instructor of Record, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign IL
1999-2002 Graduate Technical Assistant, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign IL
1997-1999 Midwestern State University Art Gallery, Wichita Falls TX

Solo Exhibitions

2010 Recent Works, Jolie Laide Gallery, Philadelphia PA
2009 Replicators, Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago IL
2008 New Work, Bert Green Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
2006 Massive Luxury Overload, Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago IL
The Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago IL
NIAA, Northern Indiana Arts Association, Munster IN
2005 Unattainable, Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago IL
Unattainable 2, Aron Packer Gallery, Three Oaks, MI
2004 Too Good For Love, Lyonswier Gallery, New York NY
2002 Deliciously Viscous, Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago IL

Group Exhibitions

2010 Faculty Exhibition, Herron School of Art Gallery, IUPUI, Indianapolis IN
2010 Art from the Heartland, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis IN (curated by Paul Klein)
2009 Young Painters Competition for the William and Dorothy Yeck Award (curated by Bob Nugent), Hiestand Galleries, Miami University, Oxford OH
Decoy, Creative Alliance at Patterson, Baltimore MD (curated by Erin Cluley)
Visionary 6.6.09, Herron School of Art, Indianapolis IN (sculptural installations)
The Annual Faculty Exhibition, Eastern Illinois University, Tarble Art Center, Charleston IL
Art LA, International Art Fair, Los Angeles CA (represented by Bert Green Fine Arts)
2008 Decadence, curated by Lisa Wainwright, Sullivan Galleries SAIC, Chicago IL
Euphoria, The Loft at Liz’s Gallery, Los Angeles CA
East of Eden, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Los Angeles CA
Mass Consumption, Mesa Art Center, Mesa AZ (curated by Greg Escalante)
Works on Paper, Bert Green Fine Arts, Los Angeles CA
NOVA, International Art Fair, Chicago IL (represented by Packer Shopf Gallery)
The Annual Faculty Exhibition, Eastern Illinois University, Tarble Art Center, Charleston IL
2007 Bridge Art Fair, London England (represented by Bert Green Fine Arts, LA)
The Annual Faculty Exhibition, Eastern Illinois University, Tarble Art Center, Charleston IL
Acquisition Exhibition, The Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago IL
Paper Now, I-Space, Chicago IL (curated by Chris Kahler)
2006 Bridge Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL (represented by Packer Shopf Gallery)
Rockford Art Museum Biennial, Rockford IL, Juror: Gregory Knight, Deputy Commissioner
Visual Arts, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Honorable Mention
MSU Painting Alumni Invitational, Wichita Falls Art Museum, Wichita Falls TX
The Annual Faculty Exhibition, Eastern Illinois University, Tarble Art Center, Charleston IL
2005 Domestic Disturbances, Evanston Art Center, Evanston IL
Faculty Exhibition, Eastern Illinois University, Tarble Art Center, Charleston IL
Faculty Exhibition, Bicentennial Art Center & Museum, Paris IL
Go Figure, JET Artworks, Washington DC
Identity—Sexuality—Gender: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Thomas Robertello, Kinsey Institute, Bloomington IN
2004 Meat Market, Lyonswier Gallery, New York NY
2003 Scope Art, Los Angeles CA
Faculty Exhibition, Eastern Illinois University, Tarble Art Center, Charleston IL
Painting 101, Lyonswier Gallery, New York NY
Scope Art, Los Angeles CA
In the Eye of the Beholder, Northern Illinois University Gallery, Chicago IL
2002 Visual Investigation, Hiestand Gallery, Miami University, Oxford OH
Absolut Vision 7, commission for Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago IL
Luscious Two, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Krannert Art Museum, Urbana IL
Today In 8 Parts, I-Space Gallery, Chicago IL
2001 Artists Against AIDS, Annual Exhibition, Champaign IL
1998 Contrast and Comparison, Traveling Print Invitational Exhibition
1997 29th Annual Juried Fine Arts Awards Exhibition, Denton TX
1996 28th Annual Juried Fine Arts Awards Exhibition, Denton TX

Bibliography

New American Paintings, 77th Edition, Fall 2008, pages 72-75
Ahh…Decadence, Exhibition Catalog, SAIC Chicago Sullivan Galleries, 2008, pages 22 and 24
Paul Klein: Art (9/05/08), image pg 13 http://www.artletter.com/html/artletter_09_05_08.html
THE, LA’s Monthly Magazine for the Arts, September 2008, image page 19
Eastern Illinois University, Department of Art, 2008 Faculty, catalog
Charleston Times Courier, October 27, 2007
South Bend Tribune, Art & Galleries, March 25, 2007
News Bureau, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, news index, archives, 2007, September
Bridge Art Fair, Miami 06, exhibition catalogue, pg.53, image
Agora, A Journal of the English Department, EIU Charleston IL, December 2006
Time Out Chicago, Issue No.91, November 23-29, 2006, pg.66
New American Paintings, 65th Edition, Fall 2006, cover page and pages 3,54-57
Eclectic Cow, http://vacascom.blogspot.com/2006_11_01_archive.html
Vivianite The Painter’s Portal, Vivianite.net, November 16, 2006
Charleston Times Courier, December 4, 2006, Section A, pg.6
Champaign-Urbana News Gazette, December 3. 2006, Section F, pg.3
Kristina Peters: Artist takes on society’s vices, Daily Eastern News, Volume 92, Issue 74, pg. 1, 5
Art Letter, Paul Klein, www.artletter.com/html/artletter_10_20_06.html
Concentrics, A publication of the Evanston Art Center, Fall 2005, pg.3 and cover image
John Brunetti, Domestic Disturbances, Evanston Art Center publication
Myrna Petlicki: A Male View of “Domestic:” Evanston Review, Diversions B9, Oct 20, 2005, B3
Fred Camper: “Appearance Are Everything”, Chicago Reader, Feb 4, 2005, Section 2, pg.23
Chicago Reader, January 21, 2005, Section 2, pg.20 (image)
Charleston Times Courier, September 29. 2004, Section D, pg.1
CAC Chicago Artists’ News, Volume XXIX, No.9, October 2002, pg.6-7
Gallery Guide, Chicago/Midwest, June/July/August 2002, pg.9 and cover page
New American Painting, The MFA Annual 2002
The Octopus, Champaign-Urbana’ Free Alternative Weekly, March 16-22,2001,cover image

Grants/Fellowships

2009 Faculty Summer Research Grant, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston IL
CAH Travel Fund
2007 Vermont Studio Center Fellowship
2006 Redden Grant, Eastern Illinois University
2005 Vermont Studio Center Fellowship
2003 Miami University, Faculty Initiative Travel Grant
2002 Miami University, Faculty Initiative Travel Grant
Student Travel Initiative Grant - Alternate Fellow, Kate Neal McKinley Fellowship, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign IL
1999 University of Illinois Art & Design Fellowship, Urbana-Champaign IL
Priddy Foundation Scholarship, Wichita Falls TX
1998 Student of the Year, Midwestern State University
1997 Robert & Gene Roth Fine Art Scholarship
E.E. White Merit Scholarship
Leadership Scholarship
1996 Robert & Gene Roth Fine Art Scholarship
Madge Davis Scholarship
1995 Robert & Gene Roth Fine Art Scholarship
Fain Bridwell Scholarship
1993 Wichita Falls Association Scholarship

Visiting artists/demonstrations/acting as a juror

2010 College Art Show, 10th SEA Conference, Lisle IL (juror)
2009 State Town and Country Amateur Show 2009, Springer Cultural Center, Champaign IL (juror)
2008 53rd Annual Art Show, Bicentennial Art Center and Museum, Paris IL (juror)
2006 Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls TX
Webster University, St.Louis MO
2005 University Of Notre Dame, South Bend IN
2004 University Of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign IL (conducting senior-level painting critiques)
2003 Eastern Illinois University, Charleston IL
2001 Eastern Illinois University, Charleston IL

Volunteer Work

2004 Living Traditions Artists, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati OH
Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati OH

Artists’ Residencies

2007 Vermont Studio Center
2005 Vermont Studio Center

Gallery Affiliation

Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago IL www.packergallery.com
Bert Green Fine Arts, Los Angeles CA www.bgfa.us

Selected Collections

Joanna Cassidy, Los Angeles, CA
Thomas Robertello, Chicago IL
Charles J. Wilson, Chicago IL
Carla Hargis & Warren Hohentz, Austin TX
Carolyn Jacob, Chicago IL
Robert & Sandra Goff, Fredericksburg TX
John Janott, Chicago IL
Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls TX
Kiss Me Cosmetics, New York NY