Cséfalvay is a student at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. Most of his work is video cycles and series and also in painting, drawing, installations, text and photography. He works with the medium of opera, which he perceives as an absolute work, gesamtkunstwerk. But for him the opera is also a metaphor for art as institution, and many things may be underlined or subtly critiqued through it. It is an absolute work, in which every part is equally important – Cséfalvay´s ideal modus operandi for artistic expression – and understanding the artist as hero. The “hero” concept is generally a very strong motif in his work, while the act of writing operas is a sort of heroism as well. But a strong moment of irony is omnipresent, too, skeptical toward both art and the artist himself. His interests are “the vanity of an act, not only when criticizing art, but it also as an entirely human affair. I approach myself, as creator, and mankind, too, in an ironic way. I would like to believe, because I am an idealist too, but the purpose of most things is quite different from what they seem to mean.” For Cséfalvay, the artist is a creator, the highest coordinator of a whole. Besides playing various and changing hero roles in his videos, he is also the organizer and motivator in the background, a narcissistic hero filling the roles of composer, playwright, and actor (playing artists). In his projects, Cséfalvay himself performs in all roles: he writes the music, sings, acts and directs.
Regarding his award winning video installation at the Oskár Čepan Award finalists’ exhibition, he confesses: “It is like a maquette, a model of a large project for an opera house, with music scores, live music and everything. And it all talks about a fall, but also about me, and how I am failing in my heroic role.”