We're excited to announce that fine art painter Tibor Simon-Mazula has been selected by Sundance Cinemas Gallery of Robert Redford's Sundance Group for an exclusive exhibition! His exhibition, entitled “Moments” will run from May 11th through August 2015 and is located at Sundance Cinema Kabuki Gallery in San Francisco, CA.

Bath 1, oil on canvas, 24” x 36”

The exhibit features a combination of medium to large-scale painted works featuring intimate scenes of abstracted figures devoid of detail but creating highly emotive stories filled with mood and interlude.

Sundance Cinemas VP of Marketing and Gallery Curator, Nancy Gribler was immediately drawn to Tibor’s work and the stories they evoke, “Tibor’s paintings are at once evocative, sad and yet anticipatory. His figures and colors seem to convey waiting and a pause in life.  Our patrons stop and discuss, which is a pleasure to observe.” 

Mirror, oil on canvas, 30” x 40”

The artist often chooses to paint the world from above arranging compositions so his subjects are viewed as though seeing them through a secret window, offering the viewer an intimate perspective into their story. He believes that abstracting the figure breaks down visual boundaries and allows viewers to understand themselves through the figure in the painting.

Shore, oil on canvas, 30”x30”

Light and shadow play an integral role in Tibor’s work that combined with a restrained palette and distinctive textures results in his signature style. Tibor developed that style through his constitution to explore challenges in his own life and to rely on his emotions for inspiration as a constant for his work. “Challenges lead to growth; for example, several years ago my financial troubles influenced me to start using bone ash and marble dust as a paint extender. The result was an unexpected variety of textures which introduced a new quality to my work. “ He continues to evolve his style through the use of new approaches and tools.

Combing 2, oil on canvas, 30” x 30”

A multimedia artist (Tibor has studied fine art, film and cinematography), the inspiration for his work is partly rooted in his passion and appreciation for drawing, figurative painting and cinema varieté. Tibor calls upon these other mediums to push himself to tap into inner emotions to expand his own versatility with paint and to discover new ways to abstract.

Combing 1, oil on canvas, 48” x 24”

Tibor’s hope is that viewers will form connections to his work as they relate themselves to the abstract images and figures. He says, “I believe that, from a personal perspective our lives are very unique and different, but essentially people face the same challenges in different forms. They experience similar emotions within different life stories.”

In the Mines Toweling 1, oil on canvas, 36” x 24”

The artist believes that abstracting the figure breaks down visual boundaries and allows the viewer to understand themselves through the figure in the painting. The rhythm of thick and thin paint, smooth and toothy texture becomes the challenges the figures endure and also what keeps the artist and his audience engaged.

CEO StudioVox Amanda Slingerland agrees, “Tibor’s paintings draw you in with a subtle intensity, conveying a tension between the familiar and the unknown, as if they hold a hidden truth just below the surface you can sense but can't know, like a lover with a secret. His work creates a fantastic exhibition at Sundance, Kabuki Gallery.”

Polk St., oil on canvas, 20"x24"

On the experience of being selected by Sundance Cinemas to exhibit, Tibor says, “When StudioVox contacted me, I felt honored and glad. It was a great experience to work with professionals such as Nancy Gribler and StudioVox.” The resulting featured exhibit is an extension of the artist’s own experiences and personal reflections.

Tibor explains that his exhibit, “Moments”, in the Sundance Kabuki Gallery, represents an aspect of his work which deals with intimacy and privacy, “Rather than painting crowds of people I chose one figure or a street portrayed intimately. The figure is engaged in a simple seemingly mundane activity such as waking up, putting in shoes or folding clothes. These are the personal and intimate moments people have with themselves and evoke empathy and compassion.”  The works are incredibly intimate, accessible, engaging and thought provoking - a beautiful collection of scenic images displaying humanity in its most relatable moments.

If you are in the area, stop by the Sundance Cinemas Gallery in San Francisco and enjoy Tibor Simon-Mazula’s emotionally stimulating and beautiful work (and maybe even catch a movie!).

What's next for Tibor Simon-Mazula?

The artist tells us that we can look forward to a solo exhibition entitled,“Dawning” with large scaled paintings coming up this November in White Walls Gallery San Francisco (886 Geary Street).

You can find more of Tibor’s work on StudioVox.

Interested in submitting for Sundance? Find out more here.


Top Image: After Bath, oil on canvas, 24”x36”