At the Junction of Art & Bike

Feb 17, 2019
by David Langer  
KOPACZ LÁSZLÓ
Art and Bike are like Brother and Sister

Words: David Langer // @davidlangernsr



My name is László Kopacz. I’m Szekler guy from Transylvania and I’m 26 years old. I grew up in a little city Csíkszereda/Miercurea Ciuc. I can not remember how old I was when I started riding bikes, it all started when I was a little kid, jumping big bikes just for fun with my friends, using all kind of obstacles. I think that the main influence was a guy from the block of flats where I grew up. He was probably the first bike rider who I’ve ever met. At that time he was like a Pro mountain bike rider in my eyes. (His best tricks were bunnyhop up to 4 stairs and manual.)

It is so funny because almost everybody around me was dirt jump rider. I think I chose street/park riding because I like much more tech things. Why a mountain bike? Simply because it is a bigger challenge to ride street with a big bike, but a funny fact is that almost all my whole life I was riding with BMX riders. I don’t really care about this fact because MTB street is not that popular. This is what I love about it, and how I can express myself in the mountain bike world.


Art is the main thing in my life. I was in art school from 1-12 class, I moved to Kolozsvár/ Cluj Napoca where I started my studies at the University of Art and Design Cluj Napoca at painting faculty. I finished the first three years and a master degree there. From that time straight to present I had many exhibitions for example in London where I was with the ERASMUS program, in my hometown and other cities.

I think I’m that kind of person who never gives up. I think the hardest thing in life is to believe in yourself and follow your dreams. I am a very lucky person because I found very early what I love in my life – art and bike. Both are a huge part of my life and it’s kind of a hazard, you can not say to 100% “I will be a painter who can live from this thing or a professional bike rider,” but I put all I can into it and that is the most important thing.




It’s so hard to describe what kind of artist I am. I love to create colorful paintings with my abstract world, but from the other part, I love the realistic line too. So right now in the present, I try to mix realistic and abstract world in my style, but I prefer much more to give the freedom of choice for the people who are looking at my work to create their own opinion.



The riding scene in my hometown is so sad, almost everybody stopped riding bikes and they don’t really see the perspective why it is worth it… almost 6 years ago I moved from home, I’m there only in the summer, but in Kolozsvár/Cluj Napoca it’s almost the same, something changed in the people’s mind.

Right now I live in Budapest, Hungary here is the situation better, it’s a big city with so many bike riders and spots.

In my whole life, I tried to create my dream edit and I had so many big projects, right now my biggest finished project is my edit from 2014.


Now, I have the other project, this edit we filmed in the last 3 years, I can’t describe how hard is to wait with the publishing of some new tricks that you learned and you are so happy with. Now, I play this not publishing game for 3 years.

In this period I made some shitty edits from my social media clips but nothing special, my 17/18 edit. So I hope this year will be my year to finish this thing. This edit takes so much time because almost all tricks are new ones. I think everybody has a dream edit in his imagination, I try to make mine, live.


The main motivation source at the very beginning was Ludwig Jaeger, Alexey Sinayko, Pavel Alekhin, right now I love so much László Gál’s riding style from Hungary and other BMX riders like: Simone Baracco, Courage Adams, Joe Jarvis, Kevin Peraza etc. (I remember that I watched 100 times Sinayko’s bunny tailwhip and I was like – this is impossible for me to do it Smile ).

I realized the relation between art and bike is so profound because for both of them you need to use your imagination and creativity, for me, they are like brother and sister. I am so happy because finally, I started to feel I found my own style in bike riding.


@kopaczlaszlo











49 Comments

  • + 17
 Incredible work all round. Love these rays of day-glo light that hit our two-wheeled world. Riding's on point too, as close at it gets to skateboarding. Fresh.
  • + 0
 Agree awesome stuff. I like a good dosage of abstraction. It makes me want to draw some screwed up stuff myself.
  • + 15
 @WAKIdesigns: like you need any encouragement...
  • + 1
 Incredible work too. When you build a nice jump perfectly, a nortshore exactly integrated instead, a beautiful stunt, it's also art.and bike.
  • + 1
 @BenPea @WAKIdesigns : Thank you guys!!!
  • + 7
 I have no creativity and relatively no skill so this is always good to see. Your riding has a cool time-lapse-y technicality about it. You should try nailing the manual at no speed...your balance at such low speed should make that easy-peasy. Keep it up, enjoyed that edit so looking forward to the dream!
  • + 2
 Thank you!!!
  • + 6
 More content like this PB! This is my jam yo! Long live street MTB
  • + 4
 Cool riding but love the pic of the owl who’s flying past the no footed girl , and about to land on the tree hat , which has a 3 legged Llama eyeing up its roots !
  • + 4
 Why would I want to watch a 2014 edit when there's so much new stuff?
Oh. Because it's awesome.
  • + 2
 Ha ha thank you man!!! My new "big" edit is coming!!!Big Grin
  • + 5
 That sketch of Max Commencal is pretty good.
  • + 2
 I feel so happy seeing this article about you here, so much deserved it! Respect!
  • + 1
 Thank you Akos!!!Big Grin
  • + 4
 Awesome art!
  • + 1
 Thank you!
  • + 2
 Wow! What a fascinating and vibrant view your mind and body has of the world. You’re very unique and extremely talented.
  • + 1
 Thank you !!! I appreciate it so much!
  • + 3
 Sick style. Really good edit and riding guy's
  • + 1
 Thank you!
  • + 1
 The swastika at 3:38 has me concerned! Too bad it had to be included in the edit and makes me wonder why.
  • + 1
 I ride street and write graff. Pull up to NY sometime and we can session, yo shit nice b.
  • + 2
 I can't barspin without pinching my seat, I don't know how he does it.
  • + 3
 he pinchs the cranks with his feet
  • + 2
 Cool stuff. I can imagine how foreign guys pronounce your city’s name Wink
  • + 1
 Thanks! Smile )
  • + 1
 Le a kalappal! Sok sikert továbra is!
  • + 1
 Köszönöm szépen!!!Big Grin
  • + 1
 Lacikám, le a kalappal Big Grin
  • + 2
 Köszönöm szépen Győző!!!Big Grin
  • + 1
 thanks nice aritcle and a great rider!
  • + 1
 Thanks!Big Grin
  • + 1
 Rad! Dudes got skills on and off the bike
  • + 1
 Thank you!
  • + 2
 nice art and riding!
  • + 1
 Thank you!
  • + 1
 Me gusta el arte, pero de tu arte al mío... prefiero mi arte :v
  • + 1
 Király munka, ne add fel az álmaidat!
  • + 1
 Köszönöm! Úgy lesz!Big Grin
  • + 1
 nagyon jó! Pacsi!
  • + 1
 Köszi!Big Grin
  • + 1
 Amazing!!
  • + 1
 Thank you!
  • + 1
 Bravo Laszlo!
  • + 1
 Multumesc!!!
  • - 1
 He can say he's MTB all he wants. His lack of helmet says otherwise...
  • + 9
 Lots of downvotes... not wearing a helmet is really not that smart and only really serves fashion or "cool factor" but it is his choice. Can of worms... open.

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