On Wednesday, June 5th, we are delighted to open the group exhibition Romanian (Sub)stratum at Gloria Gallery, Nicosia, Croatia. Prestigious works of painting and sculpture by de Ștefan Câlția, Dorin Crețu, Gheorghe Fikl, Sorin Ilfoveanu, Mircea Roman, Constantin Rusu, Virgil Scripcariu are reunited.

The exhibition is centered around the symbols, traditions and key elements of  Romanian spirituality. With multiple sources of inspiration, either from the Byzantine East or from the Far East, Romanian art has strong roots in myths, mythologies and native history. In Romania there has always been a mystical connection between man and nature, a connection that tradition has diversified, and over time artists have learned how to value it. In this exhibition we captured a part of the history of such ancestral signifier, with strong roots in Romanian spirituality, while benefiting from various cultural influences. Thus, we have selected works of painting and sculpture from contemporary artists from different generations, which left their mark on the Romanian market: Ştefan Câlţia, Sorin Ilfoveanu, Mircea Roman, Virgil Scripcariu, Gheorghe Fikl, Dorin Cretu and Constantin Rusu. They have the great merit of having immortalized in narrative form by the osmotic process in which the represented characters join the zoomorphic or phytomorphic elements, and the removal of the figurative reveals spirituality transposed into the abstract area of art.

Raluca Băloiu, curator