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 riverThames 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 Serviceby the President of Romania and the Gold Medal of the Union of Fine Arts in Chişinău, Moldova. He lives and works in Bucharest and since 2011 has worked with AnnArt Gallery, where he took part in six group exhibitions and had a personal one in 2011 (Body and Face).

 

 

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) 

Education

1980-1984

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

 

Solo Shows

2014

„Coji”, Archeology Museum in Târgu Jiu, Romania

2012

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

2011

„Trupuri și chipuri”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

Recycle Nest Gallery, Bucharest

2009-2015

Cărtureşti Library, Bucharest

2008

„50±1”, Anticariat Gallery, Bucharest

„Dezorient Expres”, Bistriţa, Romania

2007

Almelo, The Netherlands

2006

„Dezorient Expres”, The Romanian Peasant Museum, Bucharest

2005

Museum of Visual Arts, Galaţi, Romania

Triade Gallery, Timişoara, Romania

2002

Meunier Chocolate Factory, London

2000

Riverside Studios, London

1998

ACAVA Gallery, London

1996

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

1989 

Atelier 35 Chamber, Orizont Gallery, Bucharest

 

Group exhibitions (selection)

2013-2014

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

2013

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

„artZoom de vară_02”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

2012-2013

„Mica Artă Mare”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

2012

„artZoom de vară_01”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

Chrom Gallery, Bochum, Germany

2011

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

2008

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

“Mitologii subiective”, Perugia, Italy

2007

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

2004

Renaissance Museum, Kobe, Japan

2001

Osaka Triennial

1999

„Fin de siècle”, Riverside Studios, London

1998, 1995, 1992

Sculpture Triennial, Osaka, Japan

1996, 1993

Painting Triennial, Osaka, Japan

1995

Venice Biennale, Italy

1994

Graphics Triennial, Osaka, Japan

 

Awards, medals, scholarships

2008

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

The Award of the Art Museum in Chişinău

2006

Critics Award given by The Union of Plastic Artists in Romania

2000

Distinguished with the Faithful Service Order (OSC)

1993-1994

Delfina Studios Scholarship, London

1992

The Great Award, Sculpture Triennial, Osaka, Japan

1988

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