Virgil Scripcariu

b. 1974, Vatra Dornei, Romania

 

Virgil Scripcariui s one of the most original and promising contemporary Romanian sculptors. He showed his work at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2008, where he also contributed to the concept and structure of the Romanian Pavilion and exhibited the Bubico chair prototype. The artist studied sculpture at the National University of Arts, Bucharest, under the guidance of professor Vasile Gorduz, between 1998 and 2005. In 2003, he was granted the Theodor Aman scholarship, followed by another one in 2005  - by the Visual Artists’Union in Romania, also reaching the finals of the grand prize Prometheus Opera Prima in 2004.  He took part in many exhibitions, both locally – Romanian Design Week in 2013, the solo-show at Mogosoaia Cultural Center in 2012, the group show Lemn.ro at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in 2010 – and internationally, in Israel, Belgium, Japan, etc. His public space works are well known in Romania and abroad, such as the metal sculpture Maternity,Hilltown House, Irlanda, the fountain-sculpture Maternity in Arthur Verona Street, Noah’s Ark installation in front of Carturesti bookshop, or architect Paul Smarandescu’s torso on Romulus Street, all in Bucharest. In 2014 he attended ViennaFair in the Dialog: New Energies section and had his first solo-show at AnnArt Gallery, the gallery that represents him. He lives and works in Piscu village, near Bucharest, where he is also active in adult and children art education programs.

 

The artist syntheses the many possible manifestations of nature in the uniqueness of the work of art. The real object – or figure – is provided with an artistic counterpart with the same content that corresponds to the human capacity for representation. Art is thus defined as a totalising depiction of nature or, one might say, of creation. This is the lesson – or message – conveyed to us by Virgil Scripcariu through his latest series of works, which were created to provoke our amazement – stupore – as the manifestation of a different state of grace – meraviglia.

(Ruxandra Demetrescu)

 

The lesson of austerity, economy of form and of the figurative gesture, the inner vibration of volume modelling, the hieratism warmed by the spirit of simple life have been assumed with declared reverence from his master Gorduz. Having won awards, nominations and important international exhibitions, Scripcariu is about to show us - through the path of his creation, as well as his life and with calm and ingenious grace – that the art with a sacred tradition backgroundcan perfectly resonate with the late modernity of our days.

(Aurelia Mocanu)

 

A sculpture has a vicinity, and its relation to that surrounding space is very important from the point of view of its materiality and the way itis built. I discovered an architectural fitting in his sculptural interventions: the way their base is conceived, the modulation of elements, and the calibration of each gesture.

(Serban Sturdza)

Education

2003–2005 The National University of Arts Bucharest, student in the Master Programme of the Department for postgraduate studies, Programme Director: Vasile Gorduz

1998–2003 The National University of Arts Bucharest, Sculpture Department, Professor Vasile Gorduz, lecturer Adrian Pârvu

 

Personal exhibitions and artistic residencies

2014 “Supermam”,AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest

2013 Takes part in the “1990 Project” with the work “NINEL”, Bucharest

2012 Mogosoaia Cultural Center, Romania

        Design objects for Humanitas Cismigiu bookshop, Bucharest

        Design objects for Romania’s London Book Fair stand

2010 Represents Romania at Bruxelles in the conference „Tippingpoint: Climate Change and the Arts” with the project „412 X 4”, coauthor arhitect Serban Sturdza  

2008 Artistic residence at Hilltown House, Ireland

2007 Represents Romania at the art festival „Europalia.europa”, Agorafolly, Bruxelles

2005 French Cultural Center, Iași, Romania

2005 Carturesti Gallery, Bucharest

 

Group exhibitions

2014 Exhibits at ViennaFair inside the „Dialog: New Energies” section, dedicated to contemporary Romanian art, Vienna

2013 „Romanian Design Week”, Bucharest

2012 Design Embassies, Holon, Israel

2010 „Small Sculpture Show”, Orizont Gallery, Bucharest

        „Sculptors’ Drawings”, Simeza Gallery, Bucharest

        „Lemn.ro”,The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest

2009 Recycle Nest, Bucharest

       „BOLT”project, Carturesti bookshop, Bucharest

         Venice Architecture Biennale, BOLT”project, part of the team that represents Romania

2007 „Landscape in the Backyard of the City”, manifesto realized with architect Serban Sturdza, inside Goethe Institut’s project „Bucharest Public Space”

2005 „UAP Scholarship 2005 exhibition”, Selari Gallery, Bucharest

         Metropolitan Art Gallery, Tokyo

2004 „Sculpture show”, Apollo Gallery, Bucharest

        „Graphics show”, Artis Gallery, Bucharest

        „Contemporary Romanian Sculptors”, Apollo Gallery, Bucharest

2003 „Small Sculpture Show”, Orizont Gallery, Bucharest

         Apollo Gallery, Bucharest

2002 „Tradition and Postmodernity Symposium”, Ramnicu Valcea, Romania

         Mircea Dinescu Foundation for Poetry – Cetate, Romania

 

Awards

2009

Finalist nominee to the grand prize „Prometeus Opera Prima” awarded by the Anonimul Foundation

2005

The UAP (Visual Artists’Union in Romania) Scholarship

2004

Nominated for the grand prize „Prometeus Opera Prima”, awarded by the Anonimul Foundation

2003 The Sculpture Award at the „Accente si amprente”Jubilee, Apollo Gallery, Bucharest

       “Theodor Aman” scholarship for visual arts, awarded by the Romanian Government

2003–2004 Research fellowship abroad (France, Italy, Syria) as part of the “Theodor Aman” scholarship

 

Bibliography

Virgil Scripcariu: SuperMam, exhibition catalogue at AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest, 2014-2015, by AnnArt Foundation, Cultural project supported by The Ministry of Culture, ISBN 978-973-0-18049-7, wih tets by Ruxandra Demetrescu, Gabriela Massaci, Aurelia Mocanu and Diana Ursan

„Cam toate lucrarile mele sunt in zona miracolului”, interview with Virgil Scripcariu by Valentin Iacob, in Formula As, no. 1150, 2015

Doinel Tronaru, „Cantec pentru mamele pamantului”, in Adevărul, 14 Ian. 2015

Virgil Scripcariu: Sculptură, exhibition catalogue at Mogosoaia Cultural Center, 2011-2012, ISBN 978-606-8269-11-5, with texts by Doina Mandru, Dan Mircea Cipariu and Serban Sturdza

BOLT, exhibition catalogue of Romania’s Architecture Biennale Pavilion in 2008, Mariana Celac (ed.), Ed. Simetria, Bucuresti, 2008, ISBN 978-973-1872-02-5

 

 

Works in urban spaces

 

2012 „Maternity”, Mogosoaia Cultural Center, Romania

2010 „Divan”, stone sculpture, IOR Park, Bucharest

           Decorative sculpture composition in metal for P&G Factory in Urlati, Romania

2009 Romanian architectPaul Smarandescu’s torso on Romulus Street, Bucharest

2008„Maternity”, metal sculpture, Hilltown House, Ireland

          „Maternity”, fountain with sculpture, Arthur Verona Street, Bucharest

2007 Romanian General Comșa Leonte’s torso, Fagaras County, Romania

          „Noah’s Ark”, installation in front of Carturesti bookshop, Bucharest