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Paul Neagu – “sculptor, painter, poet, and larger-than-life character”

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“Sculptor, painter, poet, and larger-than-life character”, this was the introduction for the photo exhibition of Laurentiu Garofeanu “Paul Neagu, A portrait” at Romanian Cultural Centre London in 2009.

Paul Neagu, an innovator in art, is maybe the most important Romanian artist since Constantin Brancusi. He was born in Bucharest in 1938, he spent his childhood in Timisoara and studied painting at the Institute of Art ‘N Grigorescu’, Bucharest. In 1969, during the communism, he emigrated in France and then, at the invitation of Richarf Demarco, came to London.

In England he started his career by lecturing at Chelsea School of Art and Hornsey College of Art, becoming known for his artistic work. After gaining British citizenship in 1977, he has been widely recognized for his input in British sculpture.

Actually, I saw for the first time artworks by Paul Neagu in the exposition “From Henry Moore to Hirst: 60 years of British sculpture”, exposition hosted also by The National Art Museum, Bucharest in 2005. Paul Neagu was presented there as one of the representatives of British sculpture.

The work of Paul Neagu impresses by the variety of materials used in sculpture and the capacity of surprising the movement in static composition, practically the decomposition of the move in static compositions.

The artistic work of Paul Neagu was recognized also in awards: „Tony Cobbeld” (1976), the award of the Arts Board Great Britain(1973, 1978), Blue Ribbon Medal (Kongo Hosyo) from the Japanese Government in 1996 and a Leverhulme Trust research award in 1997. He received scholarships at Arts Council Great Britain (1975) and at The Pollock-Krasner Foundation USA (1990, 1991 and 2004). He taught also at Royal College of Art London (1976 – 1986) and at „Concordia” University Montreal (1982 – 1983).

Many of his artworks were bought by the Tate Gallery, London where can be seen as public collection. Among others his works can be found also at The British Museum, Albert Museum London; Tochigi Museum, Japain; Le Fond départemental d’art contemporain, Seine Saint-Denis, Bobigny, The Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin, Le Musee Cantonal de Beaux Arts, Lausanne, The Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia, USA.

After the Romanian Revolution in 1989, he periodically returned in Romania and in 1992 he re-obtained the Romanian citizenship. In 1996 he donated 140 pieces to the Romanian Patrimony, that can be seen in The Romanian National Art Museum Bucharest, Romanian Museum of Contemporany Art Bucharest and The Museum of Banat Timisoara.

Two monuments, art-works by Paul Neagu are placed inRomania, “Crucea secolului”(“The Croix of the century”) in Bucuresti and “Crucificare”(“Crucifixion”) in Timisoara.

Serriously ill, he died at 66 years, in 2004 in London. As Constantin Brancusi in his will, he wanted to be burried in Romania, his grave being now at Timisoara.

photo: romanianculturalcentre.org.uk, sculpture.org.uk, ampt.ro, flickr.com, fotografiievenimente.ro

Serban Savu – Just Intro

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figurative painter

the subject: the daily existance of contemporary Romanian society

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born: 1978 Sighisoara, Romania

1996 – University of Art and Design, Cluj Napoca, Romania

2002 – “Nicolae Iorga” postgraduate research grant, Venice, Italy

International Exhibitions

2009: The Edge of the Empire, David Nolan Gallery, New York (solo)

2008: Size Matters: XS – Recent Small-Scale Painting, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN; Berlin Show, Plan B Gallery, Berlin, Germany; Closer Still, Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles; Days Become Nights, Galerie Hussenot, Paris

2007: Harvest, Kontainer Gallery, Los Angeles (solo); f a projects, London (solo)

2006: The New Man,  Mie Lefever Gallery, Gent, Belgium (solo); Please Drive Slowly Through Our World, Kontainer Gallery, Los Angeles; Cluj Connection, Haunch of Venison Gallery, Zurich

2004: Vietato l’ingresso ai non addetti ai lavori, Cube Gallery, Venice, Italy (solo); Ichtyos, Spazio Arte Pisanello, Verona, Italy (solo)

2003: Energia, Centrale Idroelettrica di Nove, Vittorio Veneto, Italy

2002: Romanian Cultural Centre, Paris

photo: nicodimgallery.com, plan-b.ro

Stefan Caltia – Just Intro

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contemporary Romanian painter

born May 15, 1942 in Brasov, Romania

Arts and Music high school in Timişoara (Julius Podlipny as a teacher)

Nicolae Grigorescu Institute of Fine Arts, Bucharest (Corneliu Baba as a teacher)

International exhibitions in Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Unite States, Israel, Sweden

professor and chancellor at the National University of Fine Arts, Bucharest

his works have been acquired by: Norwegian Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway; Museum of Fantastic Arts in Gruyère, Switzerland

photo: blogspot.com, phpnet.us, musetouch.net

Romanian Young Artists – International Exhibition (2)

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The project Mosaiken 5 – Betahaus Berlin (2009)
with Otilia Cadar, Ioana Ursa, Florin Pantilimon, Iulia Morcov, Delia Orman
Otilia Cadar
Ioana Ursa
Florin Pantilimon
Iulia Morcov
Delia Orman
“Mosaiken means 5 distinct artistic directions but still united through the same conceptual instrumentality like intimacy, personal histories, symbols, critique of spirituality and sin.
Mosaiken talks about the mirage capacity of reality , about the beauty and resorts of fantastic realism, in the context of Romanian contemporary art.

Each artist exhibits a mosaic of works creating a personal world. There are therefore five segments of mosaics. The subjects are distinctive and representative to each one of them.”

mosaiken5.blogspot.com

Gheorghe Leonida – Romanian contribution to “Cristo Redentor”

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Visiting in Romania Bran Castle, Peles Castle, The Museum of the Technique or The Romania’s Art Museum, you can find works of the sculptor Gheorghe Leonida like  “Eve”, “The Reader”, “The Wounded Soldier”, “Prometheus” , “The Gymnast”, “A Seated Woman”, “Saint George Killing the Dragon”.

But  Gheorghe Leonida’s name became famous after his contribution at the statue “Cristo Redentor” (“Christ the Redeemer”)  in Rio de Janeiro, edifice classified in 2007 as one of the seven new wonders of the world.

From a family who gave Romania also other great personalities (inventor Dimitrie Leonida and one of the world’s first women engineers Elisa Leonida), Gheorghe Leonida was born in Galati, Romania in 1893. He studied sculpture at the Fine Arts Conservatory in Bucharest, than he continued his studies for three years in Italy where he gained also a prize with his sculpture “Reveil” (the Dream). Gheorghe Leonida lived than in Paris where his work “Le Diable” (the Devil) was awarded the Grand Prize.

Becoming famous in France as portraitist,  he was included by Paul Landowsky in the team that started working at the gigantic statue from Rio de Janeiro in 1922. Gheorghe Leonida contributed to portraying Jesus Christ’s face, which made him famous worldwide.

The communist regime in Romania banned Gheorghe Leonida especially for his work entitled “Queen Marie’s Bust” which depicts queen Marie of Edinburgh, the wife of King Ferdinand. That is why the work of Gheorghe Leonida was not publicized in Romania for many years.

“Cristo Redentor” (“Christ the Redeemer”) 

“Christ the Redeemer” is a statue of Jesus Christ located at 700 meters altitude on the Corcova Mountain, overlooking Rio de Janeiro city. It is considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world and 5th largest statue of Jesus in the world: 39.6 meters tall, 9.5 meters pedestal, 30 meters wide, 635 tones. “Christ the Redeemer” is now more than a monument is a symbol of Christianity worldwide.

The statue was designed by the local engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, sculpted by the team conducted by the French sculptor Paul Landowski and built by a group of engineers and technicians in reinforced concrete after the plans of Albert Caquot. The construction took nine years, from 1922 to 1931.

Christ the Redeemer was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a list compiled by the Swiss-based The New Open World Corporation in 2007 and declared a protected monument by the National Heritage Institute in 2009.

photo: logoi.com, srt-zone.ro