Oklahoma City - Norman artist Tünde Darvay fuses her Romanian upbringing in Transylvania with her present Oklahoma surroundings to create the mixed media paintings in her new exhibit titled Serendipity in Color. The exhibit is on display in the Governor’s Gallery located on the second floor of the Oklahoma State Capitol. The gallery is free and open to the public weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Influenced by the rolling hills of Transylvania and the colorful skylines of Oklahoma, Darvay's paintings capture the breadth of color and form found on the two continents of her life.

"In my art I emphasize the shadow-line between the organic and the inorganic," Darvay explained. "My aesthetic worldview is profoundly mythical—it depicts a world in which color breathes life into inanimate things in order to create playful, suggestive associations along a broad spectrum of themes and forms."

Darvay’s whimsical images include houses with grinning doors and winking windows, trees that hold hands and dance in front of an audience of animals, and winding roads that follow a spiral course of their own precarious will. She uses color and composition to demonstrate how all things are interconnected.

To achieve her desired aesthetic effect, Darvay blurs the line between people’s traditional definitions or classifications of objects – “living or inanimate,” “significant or trivial.” The use of uniquely shaped, handmade wood panels allows Darvay to extend her works to allow objects to come together in unpredictable ways.

"I hope that my compositions will continue to live in the fantasy world of my audience," Darvay said.

Darvay was born in Transylvania and educated at the University of Fine Arts in Cluj, Romania where she earned her Bachelors of Fine Art. She has lived in Oklahoma since 2004 and became a permanent resident in 2007.

Darvay has participated in national and international exhibits since she was in high school. Her art has recently been exhibited at the IAO Gallery, Istvan Gallery, JRB Art at the Elms in Oklahoma City, Living Arts in Tulsa, and will be featured at the Mainsite Gallery in Norman in 2011. She has been awarded the 2011 Featured Individual Artist Award in Norman, the 2008 Momentum Spotlight Award in Tulsa, and the Prized awarded at the Annual Sketch Contest at the University of Fine Arts, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Darvay's art is included in many international public and private collections in Hungary, Romania, Turkey, and the U.S. including over 30 paintings at the Boston Consulting Group in Budapest, Hungary.

This exhibit is sponsored by the Oklahoma Arts Council. For more information contact Alyson Moses at (405) 521-2020 or alyson.moses@arts.ok.gov.

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