Zsuzsanna Udvarhelyi, known as Zsud, is a Hungarian artist based in Monaco who remains captivated by the artistic transformation of souls into canvases. Her feminine portraits capture the strength and beauty of the female form and never more so than in her current exhibition, Mistral Bleu, taking place in the beautiful town of Beaulieu-sur-Mer on the French Riviera. We speak with the artist to explore the meaning behind her work.
The title of your forthcoming exhibition is Mistral Bleu—tell us more.
Mistral Bleu is the title of one of my short films set in the Riviera, telling picturesque stories about the lives of the breezy people of the Côte d'Azur—symbolic pirates and gamblers—and it’s those portraits that will be on display at the exhibition.
What is the common thread between the women in this series of paintings?
I like to capture emotions. I am interested in people who dare to live life fully and deeply.
What is it about the female form that consistently appeals to you in your work?
I find painting a very intimate practice; my soul wanders into the soul of my models. I find that in female portraits, this energy rises like the tide and makes the figure more prominent.
What do you find to be the biggest challenge in the process of creating your work?
Painting is, for me, a little bit like dreaming. Once I have the idea, it unfolds for me day by day, as if telling a story. All the details are already there, but sometimes it takes time to reach into the different layers.
Is there a sense of liberation in life as an artist?
Being a painter is both a responsibility and a gift. I am utterly grateful that I know the purpose of my life.
Mistral Bleu at Casino de Beaulieu
4 Avenue Fernand Dunan, 06310 Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France