Ištvan Virag, FIAP Artist
Born on 8/18/44 in Batina (Croatia). Educator, a historical archivist, journalist. Lives in Sombor (Serbia). He is a member of the International Federation of Photographic Art, of the World Association of Hungarian Photographers, of the Photo Association of Serbia, of the Photo-artistic Foundation "Moholy" in Baja (Hungary), as of the FKVK "Rada Krstic" in Sombor.
He started practicing photography in the 70's of the last century. The first shots get published on the covers of the "Magyar Képes Újság" news week in Osijek (Croatia). Those covers gathered in a solo exposition in Sombor in 2005.
Not long after a successful start he put down the camera, to get back to it after a thirty year long break. Other solo expositions follow: "The sky over the plain" (Sombor 2007 and Telecka 2011), "The Channel impressions" (Baja, Hungary, 2011, Sombor, Serbia, 2014), "Dream visions - photo abstractions" (Sombor, Serbia 2011 and 2012, Budapest, Hungary, 2014, Baja, Hungary, 2014, Subotica, Serbia, 2014).
He dedicates himself completely to photography from 2013, after retirement. In a two year he took part in 130 among national and international expositions, where he collected 76 prizes.
His creative leitmotive:
"Art is either free or is not art"
“I consider an Abstraction as only absolutely free form. She's in cahoots with the thinnest secrets of creation."
“Work titles of the Abstractions is given by recipients"