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 Name  Szathmary
 First Name  Kara
 Citizenship  Canada
 City  Dunham, Quebec
 Country  Canada
 URL  http://www.champlaincollege.qc...
 Date of Birth  01/01/1946
 Place of Brith  Germany

Statement / Description

Throughout the Renaissance artists, scientists, philosophers and inventors sat at the Medici table. An artist was extremely well informed about current ideas --indeed the artist and the scientist were often the same person.

The Romantic approach to painting was fueled by the idea that art was a vehicle for personal emotion. Art in the twentieth century went through a radical change, reintroduced emotional and symbolic content, brought on by the rejection of naturalistic tradition, while at the same time, classical physics was being overturned by Quantum Theory and General Relativity.

In all the chaos that gripped science and art in the twentieth century, the Space Age finally called out for a grand unification of all art styles as well as science. To "understand" our place in the universe, be it cosmic or sub-atomic, an "all art menu" must be employed.

A unified field theory, with a visualizational component of the sciences including Quantum Cosmology at the Planck Scale, requires a union to be forged between the artist's intuition and the scientist's rigor in the creative process. "Reality" can be experienced in many ways, but the artist must have genuine ideas to express.

Personal Resume / Biography

"I have a terrible need of, dare I say the word? -- religion. Then I go out at night and paint the stars." Vincent Van Gogh, Arles France, September 1888

Kara Szathmary was born in 1946 in the Hartz Mountains of West Germany, of Hungarian parents, and immigrated to Canada in 1951.

He holds a Majors BSc in Physics and Mathematics from McMaster University (1970), an MSc in Astrophysics from the University of Western Ontario (1972) and a Diploma of Mathematics and Physics education from McGill University (1976).

Kara was instrumental in organizing the association of artists, who shared a common interest in visualizing space exploration, to become united as the nonprofit world group known as the International Association of Astronomical Artists. He served as the first international president of the IAAA from 1988 to 1992; he is Chairman of the Board of Trustees and is currently fulfilling his second presidential term through 2004. Kara holds the distinction of being a Fellow with the IAAA, an honor bestowed on visual artists by the worldwide association of members. He lives in Quebec where he teaches mathematics at Champlain-St Lambert College.

Kara is the father of three children: Draco, Orion and Ursa.
He developed a board game, Quantum Baseball, and had his paintings exhibited in 1989 in the "Dialogues: Stairway of Humanity" international exhibition in Moscow, as well as the "Art of the Cosmos" exhibition at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in 1991. He also participated in the Euro-MIR First International Exhibition in Earth Orbit in 1995.

He writes that in his paintings "many of my themes are metaphors of the interaction of scientific knowledge, philosophic intuition, and emotional reflection. The inspiration often spills over into spiritual and religious impacts on the human condition at the threshold of space travel.

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