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Paul Hartal

Photo: A. Latrah 2006

For Paul Hartal the heart of poetry is the poetry of the heart. Serving more than one Muse, he writes both fiction and non-fiction and paints in oil and acrylic. He exhibited his work at the Musee du Luxembourg in Paris, the Lincoln Center in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, the Musee du Chateau Ramezay in Montreal, as well as many other places. Also, an Olympic artist, he represented Canada at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. An explorer of global habitats and cultures, he traveled through Europe, North-America, Argentina, Australia, China, Japan and Korea.

His research concerns the connectivity of art, mathematics and science. In 2012 he initiated the Poetry, Painting and Math project, conducted under the aegis of Dalhousie University, Halifax.  Also, in the same year, Hartal's poem on unborn love, "Subway", has been adapted to short film in the Netherlands. 

His work has included the relationship between Art and the Cosmos, and in 1994 NASA invited him to participate in visionary space exploration projects. In the 1980s he formed in Montreal the Centre for Art, Science and Technology, which Clifford Pickover describes as a network that “facilitates the exchange of ideas between various domains of human knowledge” (Mazes for the Mind, 1992, ISBN 0-321208165-0, p. 277).

In 1975 Hartal published in Montreal "A Manifesto on Lyrical Conceptualism", a new element on the periodic table of art, blending the logic of passion with the passion of logic. Since then the idea of Lyrical Conceptualism has evolved into a globally recognized trend, also known as Lyco Art.

Hartal was born 171 km south-east of Budapest, in the picturesque city of Szeged. A Canadian citizen, he attended Concordia University in Montreal and wrote a thesis on Aesthetics and History. He also holds degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Columbia Pacific University. CPU was an innovative school in San Rafael, state approved in the 1980s and supervised by the Department of Education in California. His dissertation, The Interface Dynamics of Art and Science, was published by University Press of America under the title, The Brush and the Compass (New York, 1988).

Many years earlier, following the German occupation of Hungary in March 1944, he became a child prisoner and spent a year in the Nazi slave labor camp of Strasshof near Vienna. He was liberated by the Russians. As a student at the University of Medicine in Szeged, Hartal participated in the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. A few months later he burnt all his poems and papers and escaped to freedom.

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Postmodern Light: A Collection of Poetry. Montreal: Orange Monad Editions, 2006
Love Poems. Montreal: Galerie Fokus, 2004
The Kidnapping of the Painter Miro (novel). Montreal: Elore Publications, 2001
The Hidden Orchard: Love and Cosmos. Montreal: Galerie Alef, 1999
Rain Drop. New York: Ward-Nasse Gallery, 1994
The Brush and the Compass: The Interface Dynamics of Art and Science. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1988
Painted Melodies. Montreal: Galerie Yahouda J. Meir, 1983
A History of Architecture. Jerusalem: R. Mass, 1972
The Sinuosity of Straight Passions (poetry). Finishing Line Press, Georgetown, KY, 2013


Poetry Canada., 2005
Hanseo University of Seoul: Painting and Poetry, 2004
International Writers and Artists: University of Toledo, 2000
American Poetry Competition Bronze Medal, 1996
NASA Spaceweek International (Houston, TX), 1994
Olympic Artist, Seoul Olympic Games, 1988
Rubens Silver Medal, Antwerp, 1978
Prix de Paris, Academie Raymond Duncan, First Prize, 1978
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