Peter Horvath

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Peter Horvath's work is in the Whitney Museum's permanent collection as well as the Nion McEvoy collection.
Peter draws much of his imagery from mid 20th century advertising material.
In his early collages, Peter created audio narratives to assist his work.

Peter Horvath is a Canadian artist who creates vibrant and expressive photography-based mixed media work. Driven by the desire to deconstruct and recontextualise, Peter embraces digital and analogue techniques to create art that reinvents narrative and redefines meaning. Peter’s approach is colourful and dynamic, and through the use of juxtaposition and layering, he exposes the beauty in chaos. With a focus on materials such as vintage American advertising materials, pop culture iconography and street ephemera, Peter explores the surreal, the nostalgic and the hypnagogic. 

Peter Horvath’s Style 

The striking aesthetic of Peter’s Illustrative style, combined with his subtle sense of wit, is layered with meaning and nostalgia. The visceral quality of Peter’s work reflects his fascination with media consumption. Topping images of cultural icons with spray paint and ink, before peeling back layers and obscuring the composition of each piece, Peter echoes the approach of 1960's Nouveau Réalistes working in Décollage.  

Exhibitions 

Peter’s art is shown in public and private collections internationally, from the Nion McEvoy collection and the Art Gallery of Hamilton, to the Whitney Museum of American Art. Over the course of his career, Peter has received commissions from institutions including Rhizome.org at The New Museum in New York and Turbulence.org New Radio and Performing Arts in Boston. In 2018, Peter took part in the group exhibition Adoptive at the Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto. The show saw a selection of Peter’s large scale pieces that epitomised the artist’s style. Fragments of famous faces layered with typography all sitting on an ambiguous background adorned the walls of the gallery and made for a series of animated portraits with a clear sense of narrative instilled in them.  

Read our article peeling back contemporary collage with Peter Horvath.