Mircea Roman

b. 1958, Târgu Lăpuş)


Mircea Roman is one of the most important contemporary Romanian sculptors. Roman has studied in Cluj in the ’80s and is renowned for his iconic works, distinctive on account of his hybrid human characters, archaic and modern at the same time, and of his specific working technique in wood and bronze. He took part in the Venice Biennale in 1995 and had one-man shows at the Riverside Studios in London and urban installations on the river Thames or in the courtyard of the Romanian Peasant Museum in Bucharest. His works have been shown in important museums and galleries all over the world, from Bucharest to Kobe, from London to Perugia and Bochum. Awarded the Grand Prize of the Osaka Sculpture Triennale in Japan, the prestigious Delfina Grant in London, as well as the Order for Loyal Service by the President of Romania, the Gold Medal of the Union of Fine Arts in Chişinău-Moldova and the Union of Fine Arts Award for Sculpture in 2017. He lives and works in Bucharest and since 2011 has worked with AnnArt Gallery, where he took part in six group exhibitions and two solo shows: Body and Face (2011) and 2*0*1*7 (2017).


Mircea Roman’s work is preeminently timeless and free of post-modernist heresy and socking tactics that too easily influence too many contemporary artists, as they become fashionable. Look carefully at Mircea Roman’s sculptures, and you will discover his love for carving and painting wood in the millenary manner of traditional Romanian art.

(Richard Demarco)



The carved and constructed characters by Mircea Roman are complete from the point of view of artistic language. Their anatomy often ‘suffers’, but the receiver’s sight is not alarmed, for example, by the lack of an arm, or of both, because the form’s structure, in its ensemble, has a special coherence, seductive, but independent from the physical reality. In the 90s’ we considered this neo-Expressionist vision of the ‘body in pieces’ of the 80s’ generation (to which Mircea Roman belongs) to also be a polemic answer to a crippling political and social context.

(Adrian Guță)


Mircea Roman is one of the few that won The Great Prise for Sculpture of the Sculpture Triennial in Osaka, Japan, the most important prise of its kind in the world. In England, where he lives since 1992 when he won the prestigious Delfina Award, is probably known the most for his piece Vessel-Man – a monumental figure, that seems to be fighting to set its self free, sculpture mounted on a pontoon on the Thames, in such a way that it drowns and comes back to life every day, along with the flux and reflux.

(John McEwen) 



„Ion Andreescu” Institute of Plastic Arts (now The University of Art and Design), Scuplture Department, Cluj Napoca, Romania


Solo Shows


„Coji”, Archeology Museum in Târgu Jiu, Romania


„Magazia”, „George Apostu” Cultural Center, Bacău, Romania


„Trupuri și chipuri”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

Recycle Nest Gallery, Bucharest


Cărtureşti Library, Bucharest


„50±1”, Anticariat Gallery, Bucharest

„Dezorient Expres”, Bistriţa, Romania


Almelo, The Netherlands


„Dezorient Expres”, The Romanian Peasant Museum, Bucharest


Museum of Visual Arts, Galaţi, Romania

Triade Gallery, Timişoara, Romania


Meunier Chocolate Factory, London


Riverside Studios, London


ACAVA Gallery, London


Etaj ¾ Gallery, Round Chamber, The National Theatre of Bucharest


Atelier 35 Chamber, Orizont Gallery, Bucharest


Group exhibitions (selection)


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


„[en]counterpoint”, Pop-up Gallery The Art of Living, Bucharest

„artZoom de vară_02”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest


„Mica Artă Mare”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest


„artZoom de vară_01”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

Chrom Gallery, Bochum, Germany


„Caiet de planuri”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest, Romania


Moldavia’s Salons, Bacău, Romania and Chişinău, Moldavian Republic

“Mitologii subiective”, Perugia, Italy


„Sculpture contemporaine roumaine”, Musée Ianchelevici, La Louvière, Belgium


Renaissance Museum, Kobe, Japan


Osaka Triennial


„Fin de siècle”, Riverside Studios, London

1998, 1995, 1992

Sculpture Triennial, Osaka, Japan

1996, 1993

Painting Triennial, Osaka, Japan


Venice Biennale, Italy


Graphics Triennial, Osaka, Japan


Awards, medals, scholarships


The Gold Medal offered by The Union of Plastic Artists in Chişinău

The Award of the Art Museum in Chişinău


Critics Award given by The Union of Plastic Artists in Romania


Distinguished with the Faithful Service Order (OSC)


Delfina Studios Scholarship, London


The Great Award, Sculpture Triennial, Osaka, Japan


Atelier 35 Award, Bucharest


Works in public collections

Center for Contemporary Culture and Art, Osaka,  The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest, The National Museum of Art in Bucharest, The Museum of Visual Arts in Galați