Balint Zsako (b. 1979 Hungary) is a Toronto-based Canadian artist working with photography, mixed media, painting, drawing and sculpture. Zsako’s art has been exhibited both internationally and in Canada. His photographic work is represented by the Lee Ka-sing Gallery (Toronto), while his drawing practice is represented by SPIN Gallery (Toronto).

Statement: With the creation of hundreds of drawings, Zsako's Heads project viscerally investigates how far away from a literal representation of a human head an image can get while still preserving the presence of a recognizably human form. People have a natural ability to distill human features from the most unlikely sources; clouds or driftwood can suggest the most believable likeness to a face. Zsako attempts to use the language of painting to play with this ability of human perception. With a few brushstrokes of paint, some stains and a few scribbles, he can evoke not only a human presence but also a unique personality. What kind of tension does this oscillation between abstract and representational create?








2002 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON

Recent Selected Solo Exhibitions

2005 Bazsa Paradise, Economist Gallery, Fringe Club, Hong Kong
2004 Heads, SPIN Gallery, Toronto, ON
2003 Zsako vs. Photography, Lee Ka-sing Gallery, Toronto, ON
New Works, S.P.I.N Gallery, Toronto, ON
Drawings, Luft Gallery, Toronto, ON

Recent Selected Group Exhibitions

2005 Metaphase, You Me Gallery, Hamilton, ON
2004 Metaphase, Struts Gallery, Sackville, NB
Just Enough to Tickle, Drabinsky Gallery, Toronto, ON
Electric Eye, Sis Boom Bah Gallery, Toronto, ON
Book Keepers, Gallery TPW, Toronto, ON
Monkey See, Monkey Do, SPIN Gallery, Toronto, ON
Punch 2, Lee Ka-sing Gallery, Toronto, ON
The Borden Street Show, Luft Gallery, Toronto, ON
2003 Case Studies, Harbourfront Center, Toronto, ON
World Calligraphy Biennale of Jeollabuk-Do, Jeollabuk-Do, South Korea
Proof 10, Gallery 44, Toronto, ON
book, Luft Gallery, Toronto, ON
InSex, SPIN Gallery, Toronto, ON
Patching History, Gallery 1313, Toronto, ON
2002 3rd Toronto International Art Fair, represented by Lee Ka-sing Gallery
Photography, Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton, ON
Punch, Lee Ka-sing Gallery, Toronto, ON