Anton Molnar: Pictorial Tales

From the very first signs of artistic expressions up to current cutting edge contemporary pieces, a specific element interlinks art over time: the story. Art tells a story, whether it is factual, mystical, educational, poetic or philosophic. A person (the artist) talks to others (viewers), his or her words are translated into brushstrokes and shades, so that the idea finds its physical form.


Established contemporary realism artist, Anton Molnar
Thus each artist becomes the teller of their very own story, unique and personal.

Anton Molnár is inviting us into his. And it is characterised by a wide repertoire, both in terms of subjects and styles, offering us to travel through countries, times and ideas…


‘Motorcycle’, 130 x 89 cm, Oil on Canvas
One can think that such diversity is the result of the artist’s personal culture, as he lived in very different countries and travelled extensively. Or else: his two lives, diametrically opposed, on both sides of the Iron Curtain.

More than his experience, it is his personality that the artist reveals through his paintings. He is narrating his story, sharing his own vision of the world, his way of working, of thinking.


Artist Anton Molnar with Asian Superstar and art collector, Jackie Chan (second from left)

Anton Molnár works of art are immediately recognisable. His story is everywhere, in both form and substance, and in his landmark compositions. Just as a musician would combine notes, he “tunes” protagonists, atmospheres, objects, patina and calligraphy in an irresistibly readable tale. First we see, then we observe, we notice, we recognise, we question… and finally build up our own story.


‘Birthday Table’, 130 x 164 cm, Oil on Canvas
‘Garden of Chongqing’, 180 x 180 cm, Oil on Canvas

There lies the uniqueness of Anton Molnár’s work. A storyteller-composer-artist whose “pictorial tales” are calling us to turn into actors of his painting’s lives.

Anton Molnar was born in Budapest in 1957, and spends his childhood Hungary and Africa. He enters the Fine Arts Academy of Hungary in 1979 and obtains the painting diploma in 1983. He then completes his formation with fresco and mural art specialisations.


In 1986 he graduates with degrees in painting, anatomy and art history and show his works through exhibitions in Hungary and abroad. The same year, he starts working as a graphic designer for the UN.


‘Walk in Paris’, 130 x 195 cm, Oil on Canvas

In 1988 he moves to France with his family and discovers a country where art is free of boundaries. His pieces are a means to depict the atmosphere of our 21st century, through his personal vision, culture and emotions.

To a traditional technique and formation Anton Molnar allies a contemporary approach, a combination which makes his pieces so special. He considers painting an art of living, a language, a way to constantly questioning himself and his time.