This October found me in Seattle, where I had an exhibition at Fountainhead Gallery. My first trip to Seattle was two years ago, when the gallery invited me to exhibit my paintings among other American and international artists in a show entitled “Transcendence: Here and Now” – Landscape paintings from a Global Perspective. This time, the show consisted of new paintings inspired by the nature I love. “Mountain Love” represents a new series of paintings, a spiritual personal view translated through gestures of colors on canvases. Inspired by the deep and harmonious Transylvanian woods and rivers, I walk the thin line between figuration and abstraction. I’m in love with Nature, Light, and Water, and seek the sensations that fulfill the soul through the dazzling interplay between water and light. I see water as the essence of nature. Water also symbolizes the cycles of life. In its fluidity and blue-green color, water represents mystery, depth, calmness, and luminosity. My experiments with different types of tools and materials – feathers, fingers, Chinese brushes, reeds, sprigs – which I use to paint with, mixed with water as the medium for my recent paintings – watercolors – give me the joy of life, which I feel in “plein air painting,” right in the middle of nature itself. “Mountain Love” is, in certain ways, a metaphor for inner psychological and spiritual states, which are given a structure and a certain permanence through the physical nature of painting. After the opening, Seattle Symphony cellist, Nathan Chan and pianist, Oana Rusu Tomai, gave the audience a wonderful Enescu music recital – Enescu Sonata for cello and piano op. 26 no. 2, a masterpiece of great beauty and elegance. I would like to thank Sue and Ron Peterson, Paula Mueller, Laura Early, Oana Rusu Tomai, Alexandrina Maicaneanu who helped me make this show happen
I’ve known Mihai since fine art high school, when we were simple acquaintances, but later on, when I discovered his passion for fly fishing, we instantly became close friends. This short video which shows some memories from a hot July in TN is dedicated to him, due to his invitation I discovered some of Tennessee’s finest fly fishing rivers. It was a very special trip, filled with fun, friendship, faith and trout. Fishing creates friendship relationships quicker than anything else I’ve seen in this world and my thanks also go to Roger Prentice, Jeremy Gasner and Beto Perez. I still remember the imposing figure of Shawn Madison as the guardian of the Clinch River… It’s the fly fishing lifestyle that brings two people together. As soon I found the time after the trip, I painted a few landscapes inspired by those rivers. Thank God for friends and beautiful nature!
After I finished college, I attended as a fellow artist the Vermont Studio Center in the US. It was an inspiring and helpful residency, where I met good artists, made friends. A few days ago, thanks to the “world wide web” I reconnected with Chris Chou, an artist I met during the residency, with whom I shared impressions, ideas and artistic knowledge. I remember the studio work, chatting, the plein air painting, the back-country walks along the Gihon River in the village of Johnson , Lamoille River (when I never thought I will one day start fly fishing and become on Orvis fan – a fishing tackle company established in Vermont). I enjoyed the working time and the company of fellow artists Ana Lopez Montes, Nicholas Constantakis, E.H. Sorrels -Adewale, Pamela Folsom, Valerie Pawlak, Shin Kyoung-Ho , Barbara White, Louis Finkelstein and others… It was a positive, creative period and staying, where I discover America’s values and Vermont’s intrinsic beauty. Places like Smugglers’ Notch and others revealed me the rural landscape and the local spirit.
Guggenheim Fellow 2007. Painting is an attitude about life. Painting gives me faith, because I know what I have been through. Painting teaches me to be humble, because there are so many Things I do not know. I see things very directly. I only select the form or color, which really speak to me. I am using personal symbols to tell the story of thing which I care. They come from nature and the relationship between people/things and God/me. I love color. I paint the color of red. I want to push red as far as it can go. Red is hot, red is blood, red is energy. I love form. I draw the form of circle. It could be an egg: the life itself. It could be a watermelon: the fruit that I enjoy. It could be a window: to lead you to another landscape. It could be an eye: but what an eye. I believe painting has the power to heal. I believe painting is my mission. My goal is simple, but is not easy. I want to make a great art. I want use it to share, to comfort, and to celebrate. Through my painting– May you smell different season of life. Have a date with surprise! Or…. Just simply a smile
I’m coming back with this article I wrote few years ago on Checkout[ART] about my personal point of view on the Romanian ante and post-revolutionary art scene. Scroll down and read it:
The important point, for me, resumes at before and after 1989, a turning point in the Romanian history, a year which marked the official break down of communism in the country.