Already during his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, Igor Hardunka embraced rather traditional depiction, turning more towards the past, finding inspiration in classical European painting and approaching his themes through Christian iconography. He transformed his personal experiences into mystical images and visionary compositions.
All the time, he had been studying in a studio of classical graphic techniques, putting into use all of his previous experience and developing undisputed drawing talent. Interestingly, he conceived his diploma thesis as a narrative and post-productionally demanding video, which originated during his study stay at the Film Academy. In this motion picture titled Game Start, he combined animated and acted passages in close connection with the music of Peter Gabriel. The video represents a compellingly impassioned but totally open and uncensored self-portrait, where Igor himself impersonates an allegorical figure banished from this world.
After graduation, Igor Hardunka took a long artistic break for personal reasons, gradually gathering courage to make a comeback ten years later and resume battling with matter in a painter’s studio.