(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.
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.
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.