The Russian-born, Kossuth Prize awarded El Kazovsky (1948, Saint Petersburg /RUS/ – 2008, Budapest /HUN/) was one of the Várfok Gallery's first exhibitors in 1991 and, up until his death in 2008 he has had 16 solo exhibitions at the Gallery. This will be the first time since 2008 that a selection of his works will be displayed in a solo show in the extended, almost 200 sqm exhibition space of the Várfok Gallery.
A common feature of El Kazovsky’s works in various genres is that they are all about the connections and relationships between the characters of his personal, subjective mythology, which in turn are based on classical elements, themes and philosophies. The stage-like spaces created by El Kazovsky and the scenery elements of cypresses, chimneys, rock and curtains all combine to create his "theatre" where his stories and dramas of constant unfulfilled longing are played out. The characters which are present in his work appear as faceless torsos, ballerinas, Fates, Venuses, and a dog-like wandering animal, the artist portrayed as a character himself, is the subject of the eternal longing and acts as a mediator between the painting and the viewer.