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    Boldizar Senteski

    Boldizar Senteski

    1. Where were you born and where are you from ?

    I was born in Budapest, Hungary. I am currently based between here and New York.

    2. What is your first memory connected to the art world ?

    I have been surrounded by art from a young age. My first memory is always drawing, painting at home, making lithographs with my father who is an artist and graphic designer.

    3. Have you always worked in the art/design field ?

    I have studied product design and after graduation started working for a lighting company as a designer. I was working as a freelancer and also worked in fashion for a few years. When I moved to New York I worked in the design studio of Sebastian Errazuriz in Brooklyn. It was really inspiring and after working there,  I started to fully focus on my own creations.

    4. What led you to the design creation ?

    I decided to be a designer at a very young age. I would go to the art and design university a lot where my father was teaching. I saw these drawings of cars and different products on the walls and that’s when I decided that I wanted to be a designer. Although while studying, I felt design was too functional for my taste and art felt too self serving. I create on the border of art and design, where I can express my emotions while creating functional pieces.

    5. How would you describe your creative process and it influences ?

    My inspiration comes from a lot of places but I never look for them, it’s more subconscious. I am an observer and I am very perceptive of my environment.  I’ve always found the decayed beauty and eclectic history of Budapest very captivating and it can be traced back in my work.

    My process is usually experimental based. A lot of time I let the materials shape themselves and form functions.

    6. Could you describe a typical day of your work ?

    It really varies. There are times when I am more focused on designing new pieces and coming up with new ideas. These are times where I need a change of scenery. I usually  work from different places, maybe sitting in a coffee shop  sketching, or traveling for inspiration. Other times I am more busy with actual implementation. Overlooking the production, driving back and forth to visit workshops, figuring out technical details and making prototypes. Although I am constantly thinking of new designs, pieces and what to do next.

    7. Why did you choose the specific materials you work with ?

    I love experimenting with materials and unusual solutions. During university I researched silver mirror making and learned the technique from some of the masters of that craft. Since then I’ve been perfecting my technique and developed several unique processes. I am still experimenting and introducing new materials in my work.

    8. What are the technical particularities of your creations ?

    My work in general references time. I aim to pair craftsmanship and progressive technologies together. All the mirror works I make myself, they are handmade and unique. They are almost like paintings in that sense.

    9. What advices could you give to beginning artists who would like to create sculptural design works ?

    To get to know people from different backgrounds and from different fields of art. To not stay in your design/ art bubble and comfort zone. I generally believe that being open to your environment and placing yourself in challenging situations open new ways that you weren’t thinking of and help you find what you are really passionate about. And then just go for it full power.

    10. If your works had to belong to a design movement, in which one would you define it ?

    I don’t really want to belong to any design movement. Although I would say the light and space movement from the US had a big influence on me. Maybe I put a balkan twist to it? My work is often described as one blending brutalist and romantic elements together. For example the shapes I use are usually simple, robust and monolithic, but other details in my work are fragile, ornamental, almost romantic. I think this contrast is essential to my work.

    11. What designers have influenced you ?

    My influences are usually coming from different sources, but I have definitely been influenced by other designers as well. working with Sebastian Errazuriz was an inspiring period for sure.

    12. What contemporary designers do you appreciate ?

    I appreciate all creators who follow their passion and have a story to tell. I wouldn’t like to highlight one just because there are so many and it is always changing.

    13. What contemporary artists (in any kind of art) have you been inspired by ?

    To name a few: Daniel Turner, Richard Serra, Sterling Ruby, Nicolas Lamas

    14. If you had to summarize your creations in one word or sentence, what would it be ?

    romantic brutalism

    15. Is there anything you would like to add ?

    Thank you for the interview

    Proust Questionnaire with very short answers (one or a few words) :
    (The Proust Questionnaire is a set of questions answered by the French writer Marcel Proust. Other historical figures who have answered confession albums are Oscar Wilde, Karl Marx, Arthur Conan Doyle, Stéphane Mallarmé, Paul Cézanne…)

    1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

    self development

    2. What is your greatest fear?

    boredom

    3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

    impatience

    4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?

    pettiness

    5. Which living person do you most admire?

    my mother

    6. What is your greatest extravagance?

    my dj skills or that I can curl my tongue in three

    7. What is your current state of mind?

    learning

    8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

    being outspoken or over confident

    9. What is the quality you most like in a man ?

    kindness, opennes

    10. What is the quality you most like in a woman ?

    same

    11. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

    oxidized silver”

    12. Which talent would you most like to have?

    playing an instrument

    13. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

    not to overthink

    14. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

    living from my passion

    15. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

    a glass of martini

    16. Where would you most like to live?

    in an abandoned castle with a contemporary interior

    17. What is your most treasured possession?

    I am not attached to objects. I would say my loved ones

    18. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

    loneliness, war

    19. What is your favorite occupation?

    creation

    20. What is your most marked characteristic?

    seemingly cold, but actually warm hearted

    21. What do you most value in your friends?

    honesty

    22. Who are your favorite writers?

    Albert Camus, Dostoevsky

    23. Who is your hero of fiction?

    I don’t have one

    24. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

    25. Who are your heroes in real life?

    selfless people

    26. What are your favorite names?

    27. What is it that you most dislike?

    hypocrisy, oppression

    28. What is your greatest regret?

    no regrets

    29. How would you like to die?

    Thinking I was always true to myself and others

    30. What is your motto?

    This is a mirror, you are a written sentence (Luis Camnitzer)

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