Kata Tranker

  • Hungary (b. 1989 in Székesfehérvár)
  • Currently in Budapest, Hungary.



I make objects because...
  • they are felt as satisfying through their form and capability of man to enjoy them.  
  • they can evolve close associations between forms and ideas.
  • they are able to be present on their own.
  • they also involve the capacity and creativity of others to respond to.
  • they can create spaces.
  • they can be used as art.

I guess art for me is more than the western focused art history suggests. It is not simply the object itself but the whole context in which it was produced, seen and used. Recently i’ve started to approach to artworks by learning more about the purpose of artifacts’ creation. My aim is to know more to this particular kind of human activity which has the fundamental sameness of mental process in all cultural forms of the present day.
With my works I want to show how art history tightens possible interpretations of artifacts. I also want to show the possible presentational purposes of objects I feel relevant in my life.


Kata TRANKER (1989, Székesfehérvár, Hungary) studied media design in Hamburg (Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften) and painting in Budapest. She graduated from the Painting Department of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in 2012. Besides numerous collective and solo shows in Hungary and abroad, she has been participating at international artist residencies (K.A.I.R. Kosice, AIR Vienna, AIR Mino). She is a member of the Studio of Young Artists Association (FKSE) and was awarded Gyula Derkovits scholarship in 2014 and 2019. Her works can be found in major Hungarian and international collections. 

Belonging to the youngest generation of Hungarian artists, Kata TRANKER's socially sensitive focus of interest has long been on the human nature and the boundary between appearance and reality. Her socio-historical and lately anthropological analysis - focusing on the symbiotic relationships - results in identity questions. The installations composed of variable drawings and objects are mostly narrative, but not giving the viewer a linear plot or interpretation. The artist creates fiction based spatial systems that raise questions for the viewer and offer room for interpretation. Accordingly, the artist's use of exhibition space is not merely a presentation of individual works but also weaves together complex stories that make each work and item an indispensable part within a larger whole.