Ilona Keserü

Ilona Keserü

Hungarian
b. 1933
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Overview

With a career spanning over seventy years, Ilona Keserü is one of Hungary's leading post-war abstract artists.

With a career spanning over seventy years, Ilona Keserü is one of Hungary's leading post-war abstract artists.

Ilona Keserü was born in 1933 in Pécs, Hungary. She lives and works in Budapest, Hungary.

In the face of political and cultural adversity, Ilona Keserü’s organic style of abstraction developed in defiance of Soviet rule following the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. Keserü’s distinctive style combines modern abstraction with references to Hungarian folk culture and historic European imagery. Her use of colour, materials and soft forms draw comparison with artists such as Eva Hesse, Louise Bourgeois and Judy Chicago. 

Keserü’s strong engagement with colour still remains at the core of her practice today, exploring the optical effects of combining specific pigments with one another. Her characteristic use of curved shapes is now accompanied by gestural, erratic brushstrokes and abstract swathes of paint.

Selected Artworks

Ilona Keserü

Latest News

Ilona Keserü is included in 'Epic Abstraction: Pollock to Herrera'
Group Exhibition
17 December 2019–4 February 2020

Ilona Keserü is included in 'Epic Abstraction: Pollock to Herrera'

Ilona Keserü and Anne Truitt feature in the exhibition 'Epic Abstraction: Pollock to Herrera' at The Met Fifth Avenue, New York, opening 17 December. The exhibition begins in the 1940s and extends...
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The Armory Show
Art fairs
7–10 March 2019

The Armory Show

Stephen Friedman Gallery returns to The Armory Show after a sixteen year hiatus. On Pier 94 Booth 500, the gallery presents a selection of artists including Tonico Lemos Auad, Andreas Eriksson, Denzil...
New York, Pier 94, 500
Art Basel Miami Beach
Art fairs
6–9 December 2018

Art Basel Miami Beach

For Art Basel Miami Beach 2018, Stephen Friedman Gallery (Booth F23) will present a selection of artists including Tonico Lemos Auad, Andreas Eriksson, Manuel Espinosa, Tom Friedman, Wayne Gonzales, Ilona Keserü, Yinka...
Florida, F23

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