Since 1963 Keserü’s painting has developed continually within the method of work with colour as a material, and with light on the level of dynamic and intuitive expression. Thus her works display a unique sensitivity and synesthesia. The work of Ilona Keserü Ilona shown at her exhibitions of collected works is usually divided into periods and groups. However, this arrangement is disrupted by the consecutive works from which the artist creates every single piece as a consequence of the previous.
Since the inception, Ilona Keserü Ilona has drawn on her own experiences. She consciously achieves the universality of her artistic expression, exploiting at the same time her own colour range resulting from her experience in painting. Reducing the moments of her life to their essence and pure energy enhanced by colour, matter, line, motion, rhythm and dynamics, she transforms them into optical phenomena. The artist presents her experiences to the viewer, endowing them with monumentality and magical power and creating pictures expressing the joy of colour springing from the subconscious gesture of organic being.
The painter Ilona Keserü Ilona was born on November 29, 1933 in Pécs, Hungary. In 1945 she studied under Ferenc Martyn, a member of the Abstraction-Creation art group. She attended the Free School of Art in Pécs from 1946 to 1950. In 1952 she studied at the School of Fine and Applied Arts in Budapest. She continued her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts (1952 – 1958), studying painting (1952 – 1958) and fresco (1952-1955). Her teachers were László Bencze and István Szőnyi. Since 1983 she has taught at the Janus Pannonius University in Pécs. In 1991 she was awarded the title of university professor. Since 1995 she has been the coordinator of the DLA programme at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Janus Pannonius University in Pécs.
1963 Premio Gubbio, Italy
1974 Munkácsy Prize
1989 Merited Artist