Hungarian by birth, Istvan Kantor is a Toronto-based performance and video artist, industrial musician, electro-pop singer, and, most notably, one of the founding members of the artistic movement Neoism. Known for his controversial work incorporating his own blood, Kantor propelled Neoism to the forefront of contemporary art both in the United States and abroad. Additionally, he initiated the international operations of the Neoist Conspiracy in 1979 in Montreal.
Revolting is Kantor’s main creative discipline, making his work intellectually subversive, anti-authoritative, technically innovative as well as highly experimental. He uses conflict and crisis to portray his ideology and further his cause, often placing himself in the center of danger and uncertainty. His radical, and creative ambitions are inspired by his living environment and social situation.
He is a recipient of many prestigious awards. Some of which include the TELEFILM Canada prize for Best Canadian Film and Video (Toronto, 1998), the Governor General’s Award of Canada for Visual and Media Arts (Ottawa, 2004) and the European Media Arts Festival Award (Osnabruck, Germany, 2009).