STATEMENT /PROKOP IGOR EUGEN
“I love the sea, the grass, the tree, the animals, the animate and inanimate world. The material. Am I perhaps a narrow-minded materialist? No, the spirit is immaterial but the
material is the worldly manifestation of the spirit. When I worked as a dental technician, I had to cast metal and mould wax, plaster and porcelain. I was not captivated with this narrow range of people. I studied Biology and drawing and also taught them, I was wandering around in the world, loved the colourful, transparent world of the Cuban seas, the whirling movement of the barracudas, the endless and timeless space of the Mongolian deserts, the chaotic and artistic magic of Indonesia, enjoyed skiing among the peaks of the Elbrus considered even by Reinhold Meissner one of the most amazing natural slopes. I savoured exploring Vanatau, Tonga, Tahiti and Bora Bora and the friendly people there, their songs, sorrows, faith, their endless respect for their beloved islands and enjoyed their unrestricted appetite for beauty, erotica, exuberance and abundance. I was diving in seas and oceans where lemon, steel-blue and red fish were flashing and gleaming with intensive colours never seen before in the tropical sunshine together with corals and plants. The impenetrable rain forests have presented all the variations of green. And the island of real peace: New Zealand. I love it. Although my homesickness drives me home to Hungary, being here I do not know where my real home is and I long to return there. I have travelled around the world and know: it is small, blue and fragile! This is what I see from the height of 11.000 metres. But through my microscope I can sense the cavalcade of similar momentary magic as well. I am an earthling like so many, seemingly animate and inanimate creatures of God abounding with colours and shapes. As time passes by I have experienced during my trips that all this is perishing. I do not want my children, my students, the explorers of the future not to be able to see this magic. I am presenting some fragments from the endless world and giving them to the spectators with love.” These are Igor Jeno Prokop’s words about himself, his philosophy and his understanding of the world.
CURRICULUM VITAE /PROKOP IGOR EUGEN
PROKOP IGOR EUGEN
Born 1953 Budapest, Hungary
Lives and works in Visegrad.
1971 -1973 Dentist technic
1974 -1978 Teacher Art and Biology
1981 – 1984 Biology
1985 – 1986 Philosophy
1987 – 1988 Film aesthetic
1990 – 1992 Design manager
2001 – 2002 Environmental Protection
Chianciano Biennale 2009 Special Mentions
Chianciano Biennale 2011 Biennale Leonardo Award for drawings 2.
Chianciano Biennale 2011 European Confederation of Art Critics Award for drawings 1.
Chianciano Biennale 2013 Special mention for Excellence
Chianciano Biennale 2015 Biennale Leonardo Award for painting 3.
London Art Biennale 2015 International Confederation of Art Critics Award 3.
Mantova 2017 International Prize Andrea Mantegna
Chianciano Biennale 2018 Biennale Leonardo Award for painting 3.
Chianciano Biennale 2018 Oxford University Alumni Society Award 1.