Sorin Ilfoveanu

(b. 1946, Câmpulung-Muscel)

 

Sorin Ilfoveanuis one of the most important contemporary Romanian painters, with an acknowledged career as Professor and Head of the National University of Arts in Bucharest. Former student of Corneliu Baba, Ilfoveanu works distinctive paintings and drawings, rendered in a personal manner that explores existential themes, encrypted on the symbolical level of his already iconic characters, with byzantine visual sources and a subtle primitive stylistic horizon. With works in major exhibitions, collections and museums around the world, from Paris to Tokyo, from Bucharest to Oslo and Perugia, Ilfoveanu took part in the Venice Biennale in 1987.  He was made Grand Officer of the National Order Faithful Service and received the Prometheus Grand Prize for Opera Omnia in 2011. He is the first artist to enter AnnArt Gallery’s portfolio, representing him since 2011, with two solo shows (Drawings 2008 – 2011 in 2011 and White in 2013) and five group exhibitions. He lives and works in Bucharest and Rădeşti.

 

 

They (the landscapes) are “ideal windows” through which the artist’s imagined characters, or maybe just their ghosts -  for the landscapes are unpopulated -  come in and out whenever they desire, this freedom of halting and departing becoming, once more, a proof of Imaginarium’s limitlessness, over which master Ilfoveanu reigns just like a sovereign.

(Cristian-Robert Velescu)

   

And then, the drawing on leavened and manually pressed paper emancipates its self, from the square of the desk, as big as a breviary’s opening, towards the dimensions of a medium chassis. It is that state of drawing that can rest and feast a senior painter so-much-so that the drawing – of an intimate and dreamy economy – is often transferred, by softness of the brush, on big canvases, followed by painting.

(Aurelia Mocanu)

      

To write now, in 2013, about Sorin Ilfoveanu, is to delicately lay a new brick in the consolidated wall that is the exegesis of his established oeuvre. Great names of art critics and theoreticians – Andrei Plesu, Cristian-Robert Velescu, Aurelia Mocanu, Victor Neumann or of literature - Stefan Agopian – have searched and written monographic essays, or reflections on his exhibitions and artistic series in the last 30 years. 

(Simona Vilau)

Education

1964-1970

„Nicolae Grigorescu” Institute (now The National University of Arts in Bucharest) Faculty of Plastic Arts, Painting and Graphic sections, class of Professor Corneliu Baba

1992

Chief ofPainting Department at the Faculty of Plastic Arts, part of The National University of Arts in Bucharest.

1996

Dean of The Faculty of Plastic Arts, part of National University of Arts in Bucharest

Rector of National University of Arts in Bucharest

Member of The Plastic Artists’ Union in Romania (UAP)

 

Solo Shows

2013

„Alb”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

2011

„Desene 2008 – 2011”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

„Ilfoveanu 2011”, exhibition organized by EA Gallery at Sala Dalles, Bucharest

2002

Bruckenthal Museum, Sibiu

Banfy Palace, Cluj

2001

MMG Gallery, Tokyo

2000

The National Museum of Art, Bucharest

1987

Marais Gallery, Paris

1985

The National Museum of Art, Bucharest

1982

Simeza Gallery, Bucharest

1977

The Gallery of Bucharest Municipality

1970

Galateea Gallery, Bucharest

 

Group Exhibitions

2014-2015

„Mica Artă Mare”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

2014

„Artistic Education in Bucharest and Romanian art after 1950”, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest

2013-2014

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

2013

„artZoom de vară_02”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

2012-2013

„Mica Artă Mare”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

2012

„artZoom de vară_01”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

2011

„Caiet de planuri”, AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

2010

„ZOOMANIA.RO”, National Museum OF Contemporary Art, Bucharest

Perugia, Italy

2009

„Saga Ilfoveanu”, Artmark Galleries, Bucharest

2008

„Colophon”, The Romanian Cultural Institute in Venice, Italy

2002

Exhibits alongside Ştefan Câlţia, Adrian Ilfoveanu and Nicu Ilfoveanu at Littman & White Galleries, Portland

„Codex Ilfoveanu”, Apollo Gallery, Bucharest

2000

Jungersted & Brostrom Gallery, Copenhagen

1997

Tegnerforbundet Hall, Oslo

Art Museum in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

1992

Cobra Gallery, together with Ştefan Câlţia and Vladimir Zamfirescu, exhibition organized by Elena Ganga andBob Woudenberg

1988

„Art Olympics”, Seoul, South Coreea

1987

Study travel to America, together with Florin Ciubotaru (USIA Scholarship)

Orizont Gallery, Bucharest, withVladimir Zamfirescu, Ştefan Câlţia andMarian Zidaru

1986

„International Painting Festival”, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France

1983

Exhibits alongside Ştefan Câlţia in Norway, in a series of exhibitions organized by Alexandru Botez and Iardar Seim: IMS Gallery, Oslo (1984), Volda Gallery (1988), Volda Gallery (1991)

1982

Valparaiso Biennale, Chile

1979

Sofia Triennale, Bulgaria

1978

Venice Biennale (curator Ion Frunzetti), Italy

1977

Symposium in Voos şi Bergen, Norway

1972

Study travel alongside Ştefan Câlţia to Moscow, Petersburg, Kiev and Riga

 

Scholarships, awards and distinctions

2011

Prometheus Award for Opera Omnia

2001

Great Prize of UAP for the exhibition at The National Museum of Art, Bucharest

2000

Faithful Service National Order, Great Officer rank

1999

The Award for Plastic Art of Cuvântul Magazine

ARCUB Award of the Bucharest’s Municipality City-hall

1981

The Romanian Academy Award for Painting

The UAP Romania Award for Painting

1972

The UAP Romania Scholarship

The UAP Award for Youth

  

Bibliography (selection)

Sorin Ilfoveanu: Alb, the exhibition catalogue from AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest, 2013, with texts by Gabriela Massaci andSimona Vilău

Sorin Ilfoveanu: Desene 2008-2011, the exhibition catalogue from AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest, 2011, ISBN 978-973-0-10662-6, with text by Aurelia Mocanu

Sorin Ilfoveanu: Atelier 1995-2010, UNARTE Publishing, Bucharest, 2010, ISBN 978-606-8296-00-5, with texts by Cristian-Robert Velescu andVictor Neumann

Sorin Ilfoveanu: Desene 1994-2007, album edited by The Ilfoveanu Art Association, Bucharest, 2008, ISBN 978-973-0-06024-9, with text signed by Cristian-Robert Velescu

Sorin Ilfoveanu: Grife / Bark Blazer, Victor B Victor Publishing, 2002, ISBN 973-99629-5-5, with text by Aurelia Mocanu

 

Artworks in public and private collections