Adrian Ilfoveanu

(b. 1971, Pitesti)

 

Adrian Ilfoveanu is a Romanian artist from the post-1989 generations and a Lecturer at the Sculpture Department at the National University of Arts in Bucharest. Renowned for his distinctive sculptures, worked in various media – wood, marble, bronze or synthetic resins, in the area of anthropomorphic or zoomorphic essential shapes- Ilfoveanu is also the author of the sculpture for Romania's most important annual film award – Gopo Prize.  He has a significant track-record in group exhibitions held in Romania, Germany, Norway, Denmark and the Emirates. He lives and works in Bucharest, and from2012 has been represented by AnnArt Gallery, where he took part in three group exhibitions and had the Birds solo show in 2012, with works shown simultaneously as urban installations by the Romanian Peasant Museum, the National Geology Museum and the Herăstrău Park - in Arta la Verde programme developed by AnnArt.

 

 

Indian philosophy. The synthesis mode from the Upanishads. Poetry that explodes from the description of the beginnings of the universe. Any description of the beginning of the world fascinates me. That’s what explains how Adam and Eve appeared in my sculpture. The first humans, the first beings on Earth. The force of inception. Even if this inception was not only grandiose, but primitive as well. Cycladic sculpture follows. The sculpture of the great myths. Greek sculpture. And I believe, that at the beginning, as a foundation, there’s also primitive Christianity. Alas, there is music. Sculpture is melody of shapes. I hear this music of the shapes.

(Adrian Ilfoveanu)

 

Adrian Ilfoveanu’s characters – birds, cats, insects, buffalos…they are strange creatures, mysterious beings, diversely incarnated; big, over a man’s stature and small, fitting in the palm of your hand and mid-sized at all degrees, out of rough-gray, out of luscious-smooth wood or with harsh splinters, out of mirroring bronze, crimson-red board, or out of translucid plastic – and, from what the sculptor tells me, even out of voluptuous Plescoi meat (sic!)

(Gabriela Massaci)

 

   

Here is a bizarre route, to say the least. Maybe even somehow fantastic, Adrian Ilfoveanu identifies a source of inspiration in Henri Coanda’s inventions. Where from this connection between sculpture and aerodynamics? Few know that Henri Coanda studied sculpture in the beginning. That’s how he got to the shapes that slit the skies. Adrian Ilfoveanu is inspired by the elements of Henri Coanda’s flying saucer, he is inspired in making the body of a bird. And the shape of the reaction airplane offers him important elements of the same bird. Finally, the effect of rising towards the sky is given by the technique of vertical positioning of the wings. But Ilfoveanu’s bird is not a bird. It’s a human, The Human-bird.

(Sorin Rosca Stanescu)  

Education

1995

Graduate of The National University of Arts, Sculpture section, with a program residency offered by Lions Group, on which occasion he realizes his first monument, “Triumph Arch”, in Etlingen, Germany.

 

Solo Shows

2012

„Păsări”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

2007

„EVA a trăit la Pleșcoi”, National Museum of The Romanian, Bucharest

2005

Palatele Brâncoveneşti Cultural Center, Mogoşoaia, Romania

2002

Littman & White Gallery, Portland, SUA

1999

Copenhagen, Denmark

1999

Valbert, Germany

1998

Bancorex Art Galleries, Bucharest

 

Group Exhibitions

2014

„Profesorii și profesorii lor”, Palatele Brâncovenești Cultural Center, Mogoșoaia, Romania

„Artistic Education in Bucharest and Romanian art after 1950”, MNAC, Bucharest

2013-2014

„creion | cerneală | tuș”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

2012-2013

„Mica Artă Mare”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

2012

„artZoom de vară_01”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

2010

„Arhetipuri subiective”, exhibition organized by The Romanian National Museum of Art in Perugia, Italy 

2007

„Pe urmele lui Brâncuși”, Museum of Modern Art, New Delhi, India

The French Cultural Institute in Helsinki, Finland

1997

International Art Symposium in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Two exhibitions in Oslo, Norway

 

Awards and scholarships

2007

Realizes the trophy for the Gopo Awards - the Romanian cinema industry award

2006

The award for best exhibition of the year offered by The Romanian Plastic Artists’ Union (UAP Romania)

2003

He wins the National Projects Competition for reusing the pedestal of Lenin’s ex-statue, with the “Monument to Freedom of Speech” sculpture, Bucharest, Romania

The Youth Award offered by UAP Romania

1999

Study scholarship offered by the Italian Ministry of Culture. Rome, Italy

1997

Study scholarship offered by the Italian Ministry of Culture, Rome, Italy

Scholarship offered through the Tempus European studies program to Aachen, Germany

 

Bibliography

Adrian Ilfoveanu: Păsări, exhibitioncatalogue at AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest, 2012, with texts by Gabriela Massaci andSorin Rosca Stănescu

 

Artworks in public and private collections