Attila Richard Lukacs

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Attila Richard Lukacs
Born1962 (age 58–59)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
EducationEmily Carr Institute of Art and Design
Known forPainting

Attila Richard Lukacs (born 1962) is a Canadian artist.[1] He has painted large, figure compositions which feature skinheads and other men in buildings in Berlin where he lived before and during the fall of the Berlin Wall.[2]


Lukacs was born in Calgary, Alberta. In 1985, Lukacs graduated from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, British Columbia. He moved to Berlin in 1986, working at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin. In 1996, he relocated to New York City in order to be closer to the center of American art.

Although Lukacs is best known for paintings that depict exaggerated masculine figures, such as gay skinheads and military cadets (Military Series True North), he has also created a collection of paintings of flowers (Flowers) and trees (Arbor Vitae).[3] His brutally explicit references to homo-erotic sexuality often shocked galleries and the public. His paintings frequently reference the historical compositions and themes of David and Caravaggio as well as the compositional devices of the miniature painters and illustrators of India (as in his Of Monkeys and Men exhibition) and the Middle East. A more recent series of paintings depict conifer trees, dramatically painted in tar on a silver leaf field. The artist now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


  • 1988-1994 Selected Works
  • 1990 Military Series
  • 1991 True North
  • 1992 Eternal Teahouse
  • 1999 Arbor Vitae
  • 2003 Of Monkeys and Men
  • 2009 "Polaroids: Attila Richard Lukacs and Michael Morris", Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB. and Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
  • 2011 "Black and White and Grey", Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Film and video[edit]

  • Drawing Out the Demons [videorecording DVD]: A Film About the Artist Attila Richard Lukacs. Directed by David Vaisbord. 2004, Two versions: 48 minutes and 78 minutes, color. Produced by Trish Dolman and Stephanie Symns, Screen Siren Pictures.


  1. ^ "Diane Farris Gallery". Archived from the original on 2008-12-29. Retrieved 2008-12-27.
  2. ^ Sloane, Johanne (2010). "The New Figuration: From Pop to Postmodernism". The Visual Arts in Canada: the Twentieth Century. Foss, Brian., Paikowsky, Sandra., Whitelaw, Anne (eds.). Don Mills, Ont.: Oxford University Press. p. 173. ISBN 978-0-19-542125-5.
  3. ^ "Village Voice - Attila Richard Lukacs paints his dreams". Archived from the original on 2009-06-05. Retrieved 2009-05-02.


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