Matei Avramescu - guest artist

b.1986, Bucharest

 

Matei Avramescu graduated the Sculpture Department of the National University of Arts Bucharest, sculpture section: – Bachelor in 2011 and Master in 2013. Known for his - already a trademark - fish, Matei uses simple, low-profile materials – zinc-coated tin, iron – craftly molded into complex structures, containers of ironic messages towards the contemporary society and its civilization. The artist was present in two show-cases at AnnArt gallery: TAA_2011 and GAME, 2013, in collaboration with EBiennale and George Enescu International Festival. In 2013 the young sculptor was the winner of the annual AnnArt Prize, and had his first personal exhibition, cont[aimn]ent, at AnnArt. In the summer of 2015, Matei is selected for a work- traineeship at Lazarus’s Smithery, in Sona , a project initiated by the Sona Noastra Village Association and  sustained by the Caltia family. He lives and works in Bucharest.

 

In my art, I have explored an area close to Minimalism, with various influences, such as Pop-Art, alongside traditional metal molding and working methods, as well as Symbolism. In my current series I have approached the symbol of the fish, of Cristianity, also in connection to the inconscious, and the symbol of the tin. Although cold, I consider this present Minimalist stylea characteristic of simplicity. In art, simplicity can be reached through various expressive gestures and through different styles. For me, at this state, Minimalism and Symbolism are the tools I use in search of simplicity.

(Matei Avramescu)

Studies

2011-2013

National University of Arts Bucharest, Sculpture Section, masters degree

2008-2011

National University of Arts Bucharest, Sculpture Section, bachelor degree

 

Personal Exhibitions

2013

cont[ainm]ent,AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

 

Group Exhibitions

2013

WoMANYn COLORS,  in the Femei pe Mătăsari Festival, Home Mătăsari, Bucharest

„Open Doors Day” at  the Ministry of External Affairs, Bucharest

GAME, AnnArt Gallery, included in the 2nd edition of EBienale - part of George Enescu  Internațional Festival, Bucharest – U.S. Embassy, Bucharest; Carol 53, Bucharest; Politehnic Univesity, Bucharest

2011

EBienale,George Enescu  Internațional Festival, Bucharest, Sala Palatului, Bucharest

TAA_2011,AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

 

Awards

2013

AnnArt Award, offered by the AnnArt Foundation

 

Creative camps

2015 

Traineeship/Internship Sona village, at Lazarus’ Smithery, a project initaiated by the Sona Noastra Villager Association, and the Negru Voda Cultural Foundation