Kati Verebics (b. 1980, Dég, Hungary) is a visual artist based in Budapest, Hungary and Cairo, Egypt. The daughter of the mayor of the picturesque village of Dég, Hungary, Verebics was enticed to enter an artistic career from an early age. She was particularly influenced by the classical-style architectural treasure that is her town’s castle, which housed art exhibitions and residency programs. She observed these programs as a child, later actively participating in them. Inspired by her mother, an art teacher at the local elementary school, Verebics began drawing at the age of three. After a long childhood filled with art-making, she went on to study at the University of Fine Art in Hungary as a graphic artist in 1999. She later studied traditional printmaking in her university years, inspired by legendary Japanese Edo period, Ukiyo-e printmaker Utamaro. Verebics embarked on her first series of erotic drawings with drypoint wiping technique, drawing from the meticulous printmaking techniques which remain integral to her practice.
Verebics continues to incorporate elements of etching into her paintings. She considers painting the strongest medium for artistic self-expression. The artist reveals layers of thoughts, emotions or states of being more freely on the canvas. In her figurative works, Verebics engages with the spiritual dimensions of the body: realistically depicting the human form while ultimately suggesting more than mere physical reality. She incorporates surreal elements into her images, communicating particularly message through gestures that open up new dimensions for interpretation. Observers can obtain a view into the artist’s psyche through her emotionally charged paintings, translated through autobiographical, analytical examination of the human form. Expressing different states of consciousness, Verebics imbues her figures with the dignity of the human spirit. She marks the essence of human emotion into her gestural paintings onto the canvas. Through her nuanced grasp of anatomy, depicting faces, hands, and intimate body parts, she engages with perpetual experimentation and observation of human nature. Verebics constantly explores the world around her, and in the last few years she has traveled extensively in the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean. Her recent projects have reanimated and paraphrased ancient signs and symbols of different civilizations, providing new frames of interpretation to classic forms.
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