Jack Mancino

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Jack C. Mancino''' (born 1968 in Hungary), currently living in the United Kingdom / England, is a contemporary Abstract Expressionism|abstract expressionist]painter, graphic artist, photographer.


Jack C.Mancino (Csaba Balogh) was born in Hungary 1968. He grew up in the riverside industrial small town called Leninvaros (Tiszaujvaros) (east region of Hungary).He was ten when he started to study art painting, graphical portrait, graphical landscapes drawing. At the beginning of his study he liked to copying art paintings using oil and acrylic paint that helped him to get the very important basic techniques. In 1980 at age of 12 he moved to (Halle Neustadt) Germany with his family. That short period of time he made improvement in the study of graphical drawing and acrylic painting due to copying comic book themes to sketch books and posters.When the family moved back to Hungary he felt that he wanted to make major improvement in art but there wasn`t sufficient support by the local art teachers.Until 17 he lived in Hungary studying in an Industrial engineering school learning drafting in mechanical drawing. In 1986 he moved back to north Germany. He worked in a nuclear power plant on the north sea side region where he got a big impact of the different land and seascapes. He remembered: "I was watching the sea all day long and I almost lost my job because of it". At that time due to the great amount of working hours he was unable to focus on artistic activity. He spent a year in Germany when he moved to Canada (Toronto). He learned that the art themes on canvas was totally different in the western world compared to the art that was promoted in the communist era. Later he stated: "There was a style what was so free with it`s own system rules". He started to learn more about abstract and surrealism. The modern art gave him a new tunnel of viewpoints and of color usage.(Kandinsky,Picasso,Rothko).

When he moved back to Hungary he still studied art and graphics with commercial design,mechanical drawing but in the same time he got involved with the heavy industrial business to focus on industrial maintenance and structure building in the chemical and oil industry.When he sold his heavy industrial company at 30 he moved back to Canada ( Toronto)There he started to make progression with more focus on art by studying more about abstract expressionism and surrealism. Since 2005 he lives in the UK (England). He stated:"I finally find my own style, within the modern abstract expressionism. I try to archive situations, shapes, fields, feelings, urban themes as abstractions with vibrant colorization with my own naive and raw shapes. I'm actually unable to specify my own style. Right now I`m very much in love with Abstract expressionism."

Art analysis,influences and the Fragmented Geometrical Abstract 

Mancino's work in abstract expressionism and suprematism is mainly based on artworks of earlier appeared great abstract expressionists from the early and middle of the 20th century. On his earlier stage he worked on classical landscapes and [[still life]] compositions but at his later stage he made study focusing on the works  and art theories of abstract art painter's like Vasily Kandinsky, Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock. The move to a different direction helped him in establishing his own artistic style in the same art system. Since then he's continuously following the same artistic rules in his works as appeared in the New York School abstract expressionism tendencies in the middle of 20th century in 1950. The technical elements of his art theory show the balanced application of either precise or raw objects relations. The communicative compositions are systemically related with impulsive color surroundings, the artistic application of his works are also characterized by strong vibrant colorization and raw geometrical shape composition or structuring. The usage of geometrical shapes in the concept show direction in Suprematism, although the style he developed for himself called by him "Fragmented Geometrical Abstract" The collection "A" started up around 1992. Collection series "B" after 2000.

Early classical stage

In his early years he made study on Hungarian classical artists works such as Mihaly Munkacsy and Laszlo Paal. At the beginning of his career he was mostly influenced by classical and surreal (Dali) themes. At his classical landscape or still life pieces the viewer can easily recognize the prominent modern contemporary elements such as vivid colorization and wild, raw brush strokes, abstract or geometrical balance, as well as the degree of elaboration of objects and crudity.  In his earlier works the use of vivid color surroundings point out to his later style and also shows his vibrant personality. One of the great examples of this feature is the Blue Bay, and The Hungarian Plain series. The colors of the scene of the Great Hungarian Plain show modern abstraction features that is not used by  the classical painters in their  realistic color settings.The dynamic usage of colors gives a new styled appearance and lends a touch of abstract style in the classic landscape theme.

Art style changes to Abstract 

Keeping his respect towards classical art in 1987 he changed the focus on his art interest in Canada. In the western culture styled world surroundings started to look out for more color and different concepts in art. He started to recognize themes and conceptions in the abstract and abstract expressionism using more color and more geometric relations than he used in his classical art progression. According to him, "Every artist reaches the target only when they are able to give the viewer something in emotion and emotion is not a subject of mastered complexity or definition of school degree or details". His basic - and always kept in mind - principle that is actually "Schools often prevent the individual mind to create something genuine". Following the American abstract expressionists free theory, in his creations the viewer can recognize large color space conceptions and also some kind of unschooled freedom. In his art the elaboration and vibrant color combination creates subliminal communication. The application of mostly basic shape conception and color relation creates a clear and firm unique style seen by outside observers.

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