Local Reno Artist Photographer
Franz SzonyPhotographer Franz Szony creates succulent rococo dreamscapes on custom framed canvasses that seem to glisten from deep within another dimension. His compositional flair, spacial dynamics, and obsessive attention to detail are early indicators of a monster talent in the making. A skilled assimilator of distinctly modern influences, Szony’s fine art craftwork still manages to be stubbornly throwback. Looking at Szony’s work, the viewer can see traces of Jill Greenberg’s idyllic Photoshop aesthetics; hints of the high contrast, super-color fashion sensibility of Ellen von Unwerth, and elements of the dark, rebellious vision of controversial photographer Joel Peter Witkin. The 22 year-old Reno High School class of 2004 graduate made news last Winter when his male nude window installation piece, titled “Politically Correct Art,” was warning-ticketed by police for obscenity at First Street’s La Bussola Center & Gallery.
Szony, a self-described “technical theater junkie,” was active in makeup, costume and set design in high school, but found his niche in fine art photography at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University. After leaving school early to explore marketing and the business behind art, Szony began showing his work in local clubs, cafes and public spaces. Se7en Teahouse owner Hung Thai gave the young artist his first opening at her establishment. Innovator Tova Ramos and noted local artist Chad Sorg, brought Szony on board last year’s Dada Motel series. This exposure led to Steve Trounday commissioning Szony to design the 2007 Reno Balloon Races commemorative poster.
Reno Passport was thrilled to collaborate with the artist on the development of our “High Octane” theme, featuring flavors from the Black Rock Desert rocket launches, the Reno Air Races and Street Vibrations, for our September cover. The photography of Franz Szony is on display at his gallery, located at 50 First Street @ Sierra in downtown Reno. Visit his web site at www.franzszony.com.
By Oliver X