Members of the jury

Norbert Filep (RO)

He was born in 1990 in Baia Mare (Nagybánya). He graduated from the  University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvár) in 2015, at present he is a doctoral candidate at the same university at the Graphics Faculty.  In recent years he has been applying different procedures in his art, articulated mostly through the use of drawing as a central mechanism for his conceptual approach concerning abstraction. Whether he draws simple lines with a ruler, or he uses grids taken from the basics of tehnical drawing, whether he borrows texts from different art catalogues and art magazines, his visual vocabulary remains based on a simple concept defined by the information itself. Thus, he is committed to discovering new possibilities of the abstract through redefining different processes of generating information on basis accumulation and repetition. His artworks were presented in several individual and group exhibitions in Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Bruxelles, Rotterdam, Timișoara and Stockholm. His works are included in private and public collections, among which the National Museum of Contemporary Art of Romania (MNAC), the Museum of Recent Art, the ING – București Collection, the Banca Transilvania – Cluj-Napoca Collection. He lives and works in Cluj-Napoca.

Prof. dr. Erőss István (HU)

Hungarian artist István Erőss, he graduated from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in 1995 as a printmaker, but he also attended other institutions, such as the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, the Royal Academy of Art (The Hague) and the University of Fine Arts in Marseille. He defended his DLA thesis about ”Nature Art” in 2009. Works at Eszterházy Károly University, Eger, as professor at the Visual Arts Institute, from August 2021, he is the rector of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts. He has taken numerous professional trips to remote countries: he has been to Africa five times and to Asia more than forty times as a guest artist, exhibitor, lecturer or curator of different artists’ camps and symposia. He is exhibitor and organiser of the series of international exchange exhibitions entitled SEGMENT, consisting of twice nine events held in Hungary and several Asian countries up to now. He works in different genres ranging from printmaking through installation to sculpture.


Ciprian N. Isac (RO)
Graphic designer, Graphic Workshop
Curator Bucharest Graphic Days

He was born in 1968 Hunedoara. He graduated from Bucharest National University of Arts, in 2001.Co-founder of the Atelierului de grafică, București (Bucharest Graphics Workshop), (2005). Graphic designer specialised in book and event design, he is passionate of old things, archivation, blog and photo archive adminsitrator. Initiator and producer of events on diverse graphics and related topics: exhibitions, workshops, publications. Fourteen years ago he started a project of research concerning Romanian graphics in the communist period: posters, letter, logo, advertising. Ironically called “Graphics without computer”, the project materialized in 4 books published by the Atelierul de grafică, București and one book was published in collaboration with the german publisher  Gestalten of Berlin (Iron Curtains Graphics – Gestalten 2012) – with important records in the specialized publications all over the world. On the occasion of the same research he launches the web platform with two main components: an acrhive of images with old graphics from the time of communism and a blog with cultural news. In 2018, amid the discontent with the political situation in Romania and following numerous street protests he initiates and launches the socio-political poster project with international participation called Roar Poster Show, including 5 exhibitions, workshops, talks in Bucharest and in other 2 cities of the country. In 2022 he founded, and since then he has been the producer of the biggest graphics festival, called Bucharest Graphic Days, an event spread over three weeks, focusing on exhibitions, conferences, workshops, artist colonies. 

Apor Ferencz S. (RO)

The artist was born in 1975, he graduated from the Bucharest National University of Arts in 2001. He is member of several professional organizations,  such as the Romanian Artists Union (UAP),  the MAMŰ Society of Budapest and the Caffart Fine Art Association. Founder and editor of the online art forum Fórumtizenöt (Forum fifteen) and active organizer of several local exhibitions and professional events, he received many awards and scholarships for artists, among which the Hollósy Simon scholarship (2006), the Communitas scholarship (2003, 2010), the Barcsay Award (2011), the Budapest Galery scholarship (2006, 2019), the Art Scholarship of the Hungarian Academy of Arts (2021). From 2017 he has been the appointed curator of the  Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland in Sfântu Gheorghe (Sepsiszentgyörgy). In his works he searches for anwers to the problems of his personal existence, to the questions of his interpersonal relationships and of the surrounding social environment. But he also puts emphasis on the topic of remembering, as well. What are memories and how is it possible to express them in arts, which can be the graphical forms of remembering? In the background of the contents of his art there frequently appear sociocritical elements, as well, but at the same time also humourous and ironic aspects are present. Found objects have a great role in his toolbar and he also integrates in his artworks some elements of the material culture of his ”province”, emphasizing in this way the importance of the local and traditional values. It is extremely important for him to express his message through techniques and procedures of the contemporary art and think about the possibilities of their graphic representation. 

Imre Tolnay DLA (HU)
artist, university professor – Széchenyi István University, Győr (HU)

He was born in Győr in 1968. He graduated from the Faculty of Printmaking of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in 1992-ben, in 1994 received a scholarship within an exchange program at the Royal Academy of Art, the Hague. Between 1997-2000 he attended the doctoral school of the Faculty of Art of the University in Pécs. In 2003 he obtained his doctoral- degree (DLA), then in 2013 the habilitated doctorate (PTE). In 2009 he went with a two-month scholarship to the Hungarian Academy of Rome. From 1991 he has been participating in several important exhibitions at home and abroad, at different symposia, he has been exploring different genres of the visual arts (painting, graphics, photography, installations) and published articles in inland professional journals. He has participated at more than 50 individual and for about two hundred group exhibitions, his works got to 21 countries of the world. He has won several prizes, his artworks can be seen in many private and public collections at home and abroad. He is a university professor at Széchenyi István University of Győr.

Dr. Bordás Beáta (RO)

Dr. Beáta Bordás is an art historian. She was born in Sepsiszentgyörgy/ Sfântu Gheorghe in 1986. She graduated from Babeș–Bolyai University in Kolozsvár/Cluj – Napoca, where she obtained her degree of Doctor of History in 2013. During the period of 2016-2021 she was a museologist and curator of the Art Museum in Kolozsvár/Cluj-Napoca and since the summer of 2021 she has been director of the Transylvanian Art Centre in Sepsiszentgyörgy/ Sfântu Gheorghe. Her main research areas are Transylvanian art of the 19th and 20th century and Transylvanian architecture of the age of historicism.  There have been published several  individual volumes and studies about Transylvanian art and Transylvanian built heritage written by her.

Gábor Gyenes (SK)
fine artist, assistant professor – Academy of Fine Arts, Faculty of Graphics (SK)

He was born in Kosice (Kassa) in 1984. He graduated from the Faculty of Graphics of the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava (Pozsony), then he completed his doctorate at the Academy of Arts in Banska Bystrica (Besztercebánya). At present he is assistent professor at the Faculty of Graphics of the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava (Pozsony) and leader of the artist group IN SITU. He works as a graphic artist, creates site-specific art and illustrates books. Art represents to him a communication form through which he generates dialogues, his works are characterized by a diversity of genres: from classical graphics to videos, from book illustrations to bioart. The  main concept of his artworks is based on recurrent topics dealing with the relationship between man and his environment, respectively he focuses upon the scientific investigation of the world, as well. At the same time his illustrations are based on  drawing, on the play with spaces and on some surprising approaches. 

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