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.
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.
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.