Ferenc Gögös (1936-2011), born in Budapest, came to the Netherlands in 1957, when his freedom was threatened in his homeland. He enrolled at the Academy of Arts in Arnhem to study painting and graphic arts. His works are composed of signs, messages that communicate their meaning. The image replaces language. If one emerges oneself into the works, one discovers several recognizable images, like a man, a woman, a deer, a bird or a tree. Other signs only make sense in combination with the surrounding images. Darts, zigzags, edges, and straight lines connect these symbols. Gögös symbols relate to popular arts or “primitive” arts which gives them a universal character. His Hungarian origins can be sensed especially in the early works. Tingling color planes comprising monumental signs are witness to a great sensibility for materials and colors.
Ferenc Gögös (1936 Budapest – 2011 Oosterbeek) emigrated from Budapest to the Netherlands in 1957, because he wasn’t able to live in freedom in his homeland Hungary. He attended the Academy of Arts in Arnhem, studying painting and graphic arts. He was especially interested in signs and symbols. Gögös drew and painted signs and messages in which the image replaced language. These images are identifiable and simple: a deer, a man, a woman, a tree or a bird. Arrows, zigzag lines, angle bars and straight lines connect them. Gögos symbols demonstrate affinity with primitive arts, which gives them an universal character. Ferenc Gögös frequently exhibited in the Netherlands and abroad, among others in Arnhem, Amsterdam, Nijmegen, Ghent, Budapest, Kyoto, South-Korea, California and Ohio (U.S.A.) and at the art fair in Basle.