Hungarian artist János Fajó follows in the geometric traditions of his teachers and mentors Lajos Kassák, Max Bill, and Victor Vasarely. He graduated with distinction from the department of decorative painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in 1961. In the 1960’s, he studies with Lajos Kassák, the father of the Avant-garde movement in Hungary, learning non-objective painting based on ‘free form’. In 1967 after Kassák’s death, he travels with his widow across Western Europe meeting Carl Laszlo in Basel, Victor Vasarely in Paris and Max Bill at the constructivist biennale in Nuremberg. Fajó began leading workshops and teaching in the 70’s and 80’s at the Pesti Műhely, the Józsefváros Gallery, and the Academy of Applied Arts in Hungary. In the last twenty years, Fajó has become one of Hungary’s leading contemporary artists. He has shown in over 50 solo and 100 group exhibitions in Hungary, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland, Austria, Germany, France, and Italy. He has numerous collectors and is in museum collections through Europe. He is the recipient of many notable award including the Kossuth Prize, awarded by the President of Hungary for outstanding achievement in arts and culture for 2008.
MADI is a great artistic adventure, and perhaps, the only existing movement which can justify half a century of existence. MADI is more than an avant-garde movement; it has an underlying wave with several and differing offspring. It is the slow-paced growth of a tectonic plate in the history of art. Indeed, since art and environment are perveived as the fusion of two cultural phenomena, the progression and expression of both of these blend in everyday life.
From ” MADI: Concept Overview”, Paris, 2004
ROGER NEYRAT | Artist