Kincső BEDE

1995, Covasna - Romania
Lives and works in Budapest / Covasna
Represented by TOBE Gallery since 2020
  • Kincsõ Bede is a Romanian visual artist with Hungarian roots, who grew up in a small city in Transylvania, Romania. She is fascinated by the communist past of her homeland, the power of the leader Nicolae Ceaușescu, the control exercised by the security agency Securitate, and how this history is passed down across the generations. Currently, Kincsõ lives and works in Budapest, Hungary and she studies at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design.


    “Three Colours I Know in This World quotes the first line of the Romanian communist anthem. A line translated into the language of photography can help to analyse and understand my artistic and personal motivation too. I didn’t choose the subject, I just tried to clarify what I am looking for behind the picture and because of that, I started to use a method. I started to play with my pictures: so I let them direct me and conduct me. This is a personal story considering the fact that communism created an enormous chasm between the generation of my parents; and that of mine. They lived through communism and they experienced the change of regime as well, but we didn’t. Therefore they know something we don’t. So here is this history I only heard of and wasn’t part of, here are all the traumas inherited from my parents – and they all come together as visions in my head and sensations I feel in my body. My personal motivation is to move closer to my parents. Ceaușescu’s voice, fears, desires, secrets and paranoia stepped into the private lives under the evil eyes of the Securitate. My parents’ best-kept secret was their belief, their language, their soul. This is me.”



    IG Kincső Bede

Academic studies

2021 – Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME), Budapest / photography MA
2017 – University Babeș-Bolyai (UBB), Faculty of Theatre and Television, Cluj-Napoca / 
 Film editing BA


Solo exhibitions


– Three Colours I Know in This World – TOBE Gallery / Budapest


– Three Colours I Know in This World – Paris Photo – Carte Blanche Award / Gare du Nord – Paris

– Three Colours I Know in This World – BredaPhoto Festival / former KPN Building, Breda


– Solo show – Galeria Șoimii Patriei / Cluj-Napoca


Selected group exhibitions


– DOOM – Horizont Gallery / Budapest


– Winter show: The Nightmare Before Xmas – TOBE Gallery / Budapest
– Coworking, Studio of Young Photographers – SKURC / Budapest
– BODYSCAPE: Nude in Contemporary Hungarian Photography – Budapest Photo Festival – Kiscelli Museum / Budapest
– Photography Scholarship  – Association of Hungarian Photographers at Budapest Art Market / Budapest


– Staged Photography – PH21 Gallery / Budapest


Presence in Art Fairs


– Art Market Budapest – Association of Hungarian Photographers / Budapest


Awards, scholarships


– Three Colours I Know in This World – Paris Photo – Carte Blanche Award / Paris
– Three Colours I Know in This World – BredaPhoto Festival – selected artist for 2020 International Talent Program / Breda
– Blurring the Lines 2020 – shortlisted
– Photography Scholarship of the Association of Hungarian Photographers

– Budapest Photo Festival, Kunsthalle Budapest – Grand Prize


Selected PRESS


– BLURRING THE LINES 2020, shortlisted portfolio / URBANAUTICA
– BREDAPHOTO / de Volkskrant
– “Az elofjtásokról szól minden” – interjú, Cserna Endre / PUNKT
– A Jövő Fénye hallgatói felhívás díjazottjai / MOME
– 2020 kedvencei, Spengler Katalin / CAPA BLOG


– David Lynch rémálmokat inspirált / HVG kult



available artworks


Archival pigment ink prints from digital photography


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