Ferenc Kesztyűs and József Nagy’s invention revolutionizes the world of visual arts:

The wonder of silicon painting material

If the world had known about SILACOLOR silicon paints centuries ago, then we would not have to fear not being able to enjoy great works of art much longer in their original, brilliant colors…artists and collectors alike share the hideous fear that one day their work (either produced with great toil or purchased for a vast sum of money) will darken, peel, or crack.

The reason is that the binding material in standard paints is vegetable oil, which expands in humid conditions, condenses in dry, oxidizes if exposed to air…and sooner or later, it is time to call the restorer.

So as to avoid these multiple pitfalls once and for all, the expert duo of Dr. Ferenc Kesztyűs (three-time national silver-medal graphic artist and painter) and Dr. József Kossuth Nagy (professor at the European Arts and Sciences Academy and winner of both the Eötvös and Kossuth Prize) invented SILACOLOR, silicon-based paints.

After 11 years of experimentation, they have develop the appropriate technology and silicon paints that work splendidly on an array of surfaces: interior and exterior walls, fine plaster, paper, metal, wood, glass, glass canvas, unglazed ceramics, unprimed canvas, fiberboard, textiles, and leather.

If painters knew about these paints and this technology, they would never go back to using traditional paint material, because works prepared with SILACOLOR are eternal. The colors do not darken or flake or crack. They do not grow old, regardless of humidity, heat, cold, or the oxygen in the air. Hence, these works will never need restoring. With their discovery, the inventors are handing 21st century artists the opportunity to make their works immortal, every artist’s dream come true.

The applications for SILACOLOR silicon-based paints are endless. Applying SILACOLOR is simple and easy. The binding agent is a liquid that forms a mesh over the surface, becoming a silicone rubber when combined with the paint. The binding material can be stirred into the paint before starting, on sprayed onto the work once it is finished. It can be applied aquarelle-style – just like tempera, oil, or acrylic paints – loosely, or thickly, loaded up “three-dimensionally” with a brush, putty knife, painter’s tube pen, painter’s knife, painter’s pipe, a rag, a sponge, whatever you like.

With SILACOLOR, you can even paint exterior walls exposed to outdoor weather when the surface is treated with a silicon primer. In the summer of 2005, Ferenc Kesztyűs painted two immense frescoes on the exterior wall of his Swiss manager’s villa, and the works have withstood even the worst weather : sun, rain, snow, and frost.

SILACOLOR technology and silicon-based paints have been proven and certified through a round of professional tests at the Budapest’s Polytechnic University, where it was subjected to scientific trials to verify how it withstood pressure, cold, heat, water, and chemicals.

SILACOLOR technology and paint products were even tested and proven before the nation and the world in 2006, in a televised trial covered by reporter Szilvia Sípos – broadcast on Hungarian Television 2’s Repeta and Glóbusz programs (January 28th, 6:30 pm and February 3rd, 1:25 pm, respectively), as well as Hungarian Television 1’s Glóbusz program (February 4th, 9:30 am).

Moreover, the master himself has exhibited works that he executed with SILACOLOR to many interested spectators at the Hungarian House’s Csontváry Gallery, the Ferenc Kesztyűs Room in TAVERNA, the Science and Technology House in Szolnok (for World Technology Day), the Inno Ide Art Gallery, Ferenc Kesztyűs’ private gallery, the Glas Haus in Bangkok, the Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel, an exclusive station at the Interior Milieu International Exposition, and the Rátkai Márton Gallery, among others.

For the sake of numerous journalists and artists, the inventors held a press conference and professional demonstration at the Hungarian House and the Rátkai Márton Gallery. Artists enthusiastically tried out the paints and created works with them – amazed and in love with the material – which the January-February issue of the American-Hungarian periodical Panoráma reported on extensively.

Dr. József Nagy is a professor and one of the founders of the nation’s silicon industry. Dr. Ferenc Kesztyűs is a famous and celebrated graphic artist and painter whose work has been viewed in several countries and venues: from Montreal to Havana and Thailand; from Australia’s Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, and Adelaide to New Zealand’s Wellington; not to mention Paris, Bonn, Prague, Zurich, Gabrovo, and Ancona in Europe; from Guadalajara in Mexico to Japan’s Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, and Kyoto. In the course of their dealings, the two men decided to spread word of their invention to all parts of the globe as soon as possible – just as they had spread word of their earlier innovation, an enamel-ceramic painting technology that could withstand changes in temperature from -40oC to +1200oC. The latter gave rise to a completely new genre in the visual arts and a decorative element useful in both panel pictures and the interior and exterior murals of buildings.

It will only be a matter of time before SILACOLOR silicon-based paints are well-known and popular as well. In mere months, painters will no longer need to worry about the permanence of their works, so long as they prepared with SILACOLOR. Indeed, production and distribution is already underway at PANNONCOLOR Artist’s Paint Factory, Sales and Services, Ltd. (Address: H-1107 Budapest, Barabás M. utca 29.)

If you would like more information, please contact Dr. Ferenc Kesztyűs at telephone number +36-1-342-1210. (Address: H-1071 Budapest, Damjanich utca 26/a.)

FERENC KESZTYŰS is the three-time national silver award-winning and one-time bronze award-winning visual artist and art teacher who managed to revolutionize the world of visual arts with enamel-ceramic paints. He is also co-inventor of SILACOLOR silicon-based paints and technology.

Together with his son, the painter Tibor Kesztyűs, they have opened their own private gallery – which one can make an appointment to see – where, besides oil and other varieties of painting, works created with ceramic-enamel and silicon technology are also on view.

For half a century, he has taught personalized classes in the visual arts at his private charitable school with no age limit. Subjects include many types of drawing, characateur, and sculpture, as well as oil, aquarelle, pastel, porcelain, mirror, glass, enamel, and ceramic painting. In addition, he teaches how to execute large-scale frescoes on interior and exterior walls with enamel-ceramic and silicon-based paints.

Works by Ferenc Kesztyűs’ students often feature in exhibitions, and he takes artists every summer to national or international artists’ camps. For decades, he has organized, opened, and judged at exhibitions for high-ranking artists. Upon request, he will gladly appraise old or new works of art. He can even recommend galleries to owners who wish to sell their artwork.

Ferenc Kesztyűs’ mural work executed in enamel-ceramic paint can be seen in Sarkad (on the façade of the main school and the interior of the Catholic church), as well as in Budapest (in the tabernacle of the Máriaremetei Basilica) and in Debrecen (on the main wall of the Lutheran Dormitory’s Exhibition Hall). He created two large-scale frescoes in silicon-paint based paint, which decorate the exterior walls of his Swiss manager’s villa.

Together with his son, the painter Tibor Kesztyűs, he prepared the state seal visible on the façade of the main school in Sarkad with enamel-ceramic paint, in addition to the enamel-ceramic painting that covers one entire wall of the reception hall at the Újpesti Fecskeház in Budapest.

To view the enamel-ceramic, silicone-based, and oil paintings at the gallery,

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