Born in 1964, lives and works in Budapest.
István Kovács has worked with performance art for 24 years and is known as one of the major performance artists from central Europe. In his work Kovács focuses on the physical body, the flesh and blood, life and death, without forgetting the role played by the mind. His work may be physical, he can be naked, and his body covered in paint or wrapped in materials such as plastic film, or cellophane, but his work always have a conceptual stance. Creating live images with an existential twist, whether it makes us associate to a foetus yearning to be born. Or lying on a stretcher of plastic out in the nature, like an open death-wake, Kovács analyzes the implications of being human, of life, birth and rebirth. He puts a focus on how contemporary man relates to these fundamental issues and interacts with artificial and natural materials.