Dezider Tóth

Slovakian, b. 1947
"Dezider Tóth has been deeply involved with the word and its relationship to the nonverbal. He creates optical poems that express the silences that dominated his culture and his own life. Tóth's childhood paralleled the cruelest years of communist totalitarianism in which Czechoslovakia's streets were full of painted banners with political slogans. During this time he lived in a strict monastic atmosphere dominated by forbidden Catholic rituals. Belivers secretly gathered at his parent's home for the belssing of grain, the last rites, processions, pilgrimages, and baptisms. These events left a profound impression upon him, and he was greatly influenced by liturgical texts. As a child, he was fascinated with the power of the written word and voraciously read poetry, novels, and newspapers." -Geraldine Ondrizek
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