The rise and rise of Romanian art

Before the year 2007, Romanian Artists were hardly known for great popularity. It was at the exhibition of the art dealer Mihai Pop, owner of Galleria Plan B in Cluj, Romania, other Romanian artists portrayed their work. The work of the Romanian contemporary artists shown at the 2007 edition of New York’s Armory Show included Adrian Ghenie, Ciprian Muresan, Victor Man, Cristi Pogacean and others. Ghenie (b. 1977), Muresan (b. 1977) and Man (b. 1974) have now become high-profile artists. Their galleries include Gladstone Gallery, Blum & Poe, Haunch of Venison, Yvon Lambert, and David Nolan. Moreover, some of the major collectors and institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Hammer Museum, also in Los Angeles viewed their work. The Romanian artist’s work was highly appreciated on the basis of being high-quality work with great sophistication. All their work has a common thread of exploration of life under Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu’s oppressive regime. Artists of this time period experienced transition between two worlds. Over the past few years, Romanian painting has also become a big new thing. The Romanian art is gaining some attention in the world of contemporary art. Some of the new Romanian painters remain fairly low profile though others are highly coveted by tuned collectors. The successors of these artists are working to compel against their other competitors. The background of Romania’s contemporary art renaissance has shown striking parallels after the success of the Leipzig School. Also, many new Romanian artists were associated with some institutions. In the communist era, Romanian art education became prominent and adopted rigorous figurative requirements...