Florica Prevenda

b. 1959, Dor Mărunt

 

Florica Prevenda is one of the most innovative Romanian artists on the stage of contemporary painting. Having finished her studies in Iaşi, before 1989, she then became associate professor at the National Arts University of Bucharest between 1993 and 1997, and she affirmed herself at international level, with personal and group exhibitions, in Belgium, Germany, Poland, Canada, Spain, Great Britain, Israel, Holland, U.S.A. Among the most notable solo shows, we mention Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu, 2013, The National Museum of Cluj, 2011, M.I.A. One Woman Show in Milano, 2007, and the showcases in Dutch galleries in 2000, 2002 and 2004. Florica Prevenda works with drawing, painting, collage, objects, assemblies, in expressive juxtapositions of form and materials and conceptual series that question individual identity in the contemporary context: globalization, uniformity, virtual space si generalization of technologically  mediated communication. She has been awarded: The UAP Award in 1986 si 1992, The Great Award for Painting from Chişinău, 2003, The Cultural Order in 2005, and The Honor Prize 2011 in Nowy Sacz, Poland. She lives and works in Bucharest and New York, and since 2014 she is represented by AnnArt gallery, where Facelook personal exhibition was held, which was later itinerated at The Museum of Art in Timişoara.

 

 

Florica Prevenda is the first ‘new name’, added in AnnArt’s portfolio, since we put it together, in 2011. And we are the first gallery which represents her in Romania. This intersection of “firsts” is based on a mutual discovery: we are alike. Not in terms of narcissistic surface but very much in terms of a shared solidarity of understanding of the profound meaning of contemporary art and the work and inspiration ethos which sustains it.

(Gabriela Massaci)

   

For a decade and a half, the painter Florica Prevenda has shown commendable tenacity in her artistic research of a subject matter which is gaining depth in terms of procedure and conceptual range with every exhibition. From the fundamental theme of the Faceless Face (The National Museum of Art, 1999), to the diagram of the metropolitan crowd (Shadows of the Present, Simeza, 2004) and the multiplied Self (Time Regained, Mogoșoaia Palace, 2008), the painter draws inspiration, along a minimally figural series, from the magma of emotions and anxieties which haunts the human condition of the current era.

(Aurelia Mocanu)   

      

With a strong presence, striking on a visual and tactile level, the assemblage-painting practiced by the artist reiterates contemporary art’s main issues: the complex relations between 2D and 3D, the manuallity of the artistic act versus working in conceptual series that symbolically address the multi-layered conexions between the self/individual and the others/society, between real and virtual identity, in the accelerated, chaotic context of technologically–mediated, globalising and extatic communication.

(Diana Ursan)      

Education

1984

Graduates the Academy of Art, Iasi, Romania
1993-1997

Associate professor at the National University of Arts, Bucharest

 

Solo exhibitions

2014

The National Museum of Art, Timisoara, Romania

AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

2013

The National Art Museum Brukenthal, Sibiu, Romania
2011

The National Art Museum, Cluj, Romania
2010

Arcade24 Gallery, Bistrita, Romania
Herina Church, Herina, Romania
Arthus Gallery, Brussels
2008

Mogosoaia Cultural Center, Romania
2007

M.I.A. “One Woman Show”, Milan, Italy
2004

Galerie Het Dijkstoelhuis, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Arthus Gallery, Brussels
Simeza Gallery, Bucharest
2002

Galerie Het Dijkstoelhuis, Wageningen, The Netherlands
FNV Kiem, Amsterdam
2001

Arthus Gallery, Brussels
2000

Galerie Lamber, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands
1999

Arthus Gallery, Brussels
The National Musum of Art, Bucharest
1997

Artexpo Gallery, “Etaj ¾” , Bucharest
1996

European Commission (Rotonde), Brussels
Mural painting, Granvillar, France
1992

“Caminul Artei” Gallery, Bucharest

 

Selected group exhibitions

2014-2015

AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

2014

The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest

2013-2014

AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

2013

Simeza Gallery, Bucharest
Galerie Arielle d`Hauterives, Brusells
Galerie Oben, Chemnitz, Germany
BWA Sokol, Contemporary Art Gallery, Nowy Sacz, Poland
2012

Art Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
2011

BWA Sokol, Contemporary Art Gallery, Nowy Sacz, Poland
Palace of Arts Society of Friends of Fine Arts, Crakow, Poland
2010

“Caminul Artei” Gallery, Bucharest

Slide Room Gallery, Vancouver Island School of Art, Victoria, Canada

Parcours d`Artistes, Brussels
Patricia Munoz Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
Romanian Cultural Institute, London
Romanian Cultural Institute, Tel Aviv
2009

Peninsula Arts Gallery, University of Plymouth, UK
Kralingen Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Spazio di Teatro “Senza Quinte” Olbia, Italy

Negresti – Oasi Museum, Romania

The National Center of Contemporary Art, Bucharest
Kralingen Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Spazio di Teatro "Senza Quinte" Olbia, Italy
Palac Sztuki Gallery, Krakow, Poland
Ground Gallery, Windsor, Canada

Mistlin Gallery, Modesto, California, USA

Shan Alam Gallery, Malaysia
2008

Galleria G 28, Pallazzo Marini, Cagliari, Italy
Circolo Arcimontorio, Verona, Italy
Performance, Space of Contemporary Art, Chelsea, New York
Oravska Gallery Dolnim Kubinie, Slovakia
Palace of Arts, Lvov, Ukraine
Art exhibition Office, Rzeszow, Poland
Palace of Arts, Baia Mare, Romania
2007

WTC Art Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Art Museum, Constanta, Romania

Gallery of the House of an Artist, Warsaw
PROFIL, Gallery of Modern Art, Poznan, Poland
Art Exhibition Office, Olsztyn, Poland
The National Art Gallery, Bratislava
Gallery of Modern Art, Kolobrzeg, Poland
The Castle of Pomeranian Princes, Szczecin, Poland
Palac Sztuki Gallery, Cracow, Poland
Miejska Galeria Sztuki, Zakopane, Poland
2006

Veroniki Art Gallery, Bucharest
Art Museum Constanta, Romania
International Biennial Exhibition, Nowy Sacz, Poland
2005

Mogosoaia Cultural Center, Romania
2004

Het Dijkstoelhuis Gallery, Wageningen, The Netherlands
“Constantin Brancusi” Center, Chisinau, Moldova
DAP Gallery, Warsaw
2003

Kralingen Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Galerie BWA, Bydgoszcz, Poland
“Constantin Brancusi” Center, Chisinau, Moldova
 The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest
 Palac Stuki Gallery, Krakow, Poland
 The Art Museum, Bacau, Romania
2002

Het Dijkstoelhuis Gallery, Wageningen, The Netherlands

International Biennial Exhibition, Now Sacz, Poland
2001

Heinolan Taidemuseum, Finland

“De Kopgroep”, Lamber Gallery, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands
2000

“Common Sense 2000”, Berenberg, Germany
“Frozen Moments”, Lamber Gallery, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands
“Velico Tarnovo 2000”, Velico Tarnova, Bulgaria
 Atelierroute Regio Eindhoven, The Netherlands
1999

Holland Art Fair, Alkmaar, The Netherlands
Marga Kramer Gallery, Ilsselstein, The Netherlands

Arthus Gallery, Brussels

“Artistes de Bucarest“, Mussee Ianchelevici, La Louvière, Belgium

Escape Gallery, Deventer, The Netherlands
1998

Palatul Parlamentului, Bucharest
Escape Gallery, Deventer, The Netherlands
1995

“L’Aigle de Nice”, Grand Prix International des Arts Plastiques de la Ville de Nice et de la région Provence, Alpes, Côte d’Azur, France
Covalenco Galley, Geldrop, The Netherlands
“Rives 95. Exposition Peintures Sculptures” C.N.B.D.I. (Centre national de la bande dessinée et de l’image), Angoulême, France
“24 Peintres et Sculpteurs Contemporains. Itinéraires au de là des voyages”, Maureen O’Hare Wolson Gallery, Grenoble, France
1994

“St. Quentin 4-mx Biennale Internationale du Pastel”, Espace Saint-Jacques, Saint-Quentin, France
Eröffnun der Ausstellung „hinter den 7 Meeren“ Landesvertretung von Anhalt, Bonn, Germany
1994,1997

“Romanian Contemporary Art“, Agial Gallery, Beiruth
1994

Hungarian Cultural Centre, Bucharest
1993

Latin American Cultural Centre, Bucharest
“Common Sense” Bernburg, Germany
Efehaus Gallery, Wernigerode, Germany

Caisse d’Epargne Gallery, Belfort, France
1992

“Artist of Europe” Efehaus Gallery, Wernigerode, Germany
1992,1993

“Künstler des Plenair in Wernigerode – hinert den 7 Meeren”, Wernigerode, Germany
1989

The Youth Biennial, Sofia
1989

Simeza Gallery, Bucharest
1988

Bucharest City’s Gallery, Bucharest
1986

Eforie Gallery, Bucharest

 

Scholarships and awards

2011

Honorary Award granted by the Director of Malopolska Cultural Center SOKOL in Nowy Sacz, Poland
2010

Grand Prize for Painting, Arts Festival, Bucharest
2006

Jury price of the Biennial Exhibition, Nowy Sacz, Poland
2005

Awarded the Cultural Merit Order of the Knights by the President of Moldova
2003

Grand Prize for Painting, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

1995

The Municipality Prize for Young Artists, Bucharest
1992

U.A.P. (Romanian Artists’ Union) Youth Prize, Romania
1991

“Dominus” Prize for Painting, Bucharest
1989, 1990

Prize for Painting at the Youth Exhibition, Artexpo, Bucharest
1986-1988

“Theodor Aman” Grant for Painting, Bucharest
1986

U.A.P. (Romanian Artists’ Union) Grant for Painting, Romania

 

Bibliography

Florica Prevenda: Facelook, catalogue exhibition at AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest, 2014, ISBN 978-973-0-16560-9, with texts by Gabriela Massaci, Aurelia Mocanu and Diana Ursan

Serenity,catalogue exhibition at Arthus Gallery, Brussels, 2011, with a text by Adriana Oprea

Time Regained, catalogue exhibition at Arthus Gallery, Brussels, 2009, with texts by Adrian Guta, Aurelia Mocanu and Florica Prevenda

Shadows of the Present, catalogue exhibition at Arthus Gallery, Brussels, 2004, with a text by Adrian Guta

Faces Without a Face, catalogue exhibition at The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, 1999, reissued in English by Arthus Gallery, Brussels, 2010, with a text by Ruxandra Balaci

 

Articles

Aurelia Mocanu, “Florica Prevenda – Profilaj”, in Arta, no. 11, 2014, pp. 58-61

Ioana Tamas, “Piata de arta din Romania. Artistul – interviu cu Florica Prevenda”, in Dilema Veche, 18 Dec. 2013

Ovidiu Pecican, “Chipul neconcesiv al artistei”, in Ziarul Financiar, 11 Apr 2011

Aurelia Mocanu, “Umbra chipului. Exfolieri si depuneri”, in Observator cultural, no. 442, 2008

Aurelia Mocanu, “Timpul regasirii”, in Ziarul Financiar, 01 Aug 2008

Aurelia Mocanu, “Aud materia pictand”, in Ziarul Financiar, 01 Febr. 2008

Corneliu Antim, “Prezentul continuu”, in Ziarul Financiar, 20 June 2008

Adrian Guta, “Umbre ale prezentului”, in Observator Cultural, no. 205, 2004

Corneliu Antim, “Searching for the primordial man”, in Ziarul Financiar, Febr. 2004

Colette Bertot, “Florica Prevenda: les ombres du présent”, in L’ECHO, 14 Iun 2004

Door Theo van der Zalm, “Spiegels van de ziel in het Dijkstoelhuis”, in de Veluwepost, Oct. 2002

Corneliu Antim, “The revealed face - the imagined face - the devoured face”, in Ziarul Financiar, May 1999

 

Works in private collections