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 of socialist realism. Cluj school has its own unique style which basically includes a looser use of paint; a less pronounced emphasis on surreal elements. Overall they give a far more somber appearance. The new Romanian art trends lead towards more darkness as per speaking metaphorically and literally.
According to some commentators, contemporary Eastern European art from the Balkans is under some trauma. Some of the Romanian artists grew up in this time period of uncertainties and document these tensions as well. Some of the artists spend their artistic careers in Austria, Italy, and Israel. Most of the times their work seem to be wistfully elegiac.
In other cases, the Romanian painting represents being hazy indeterminacy instead of being bleak. The inclusion of a motif deer with headlights when used seems to be an apt expression of some form of bewilderment.
Some Romanian artists find it difficult to inherit this trend or cope with the tumultuous change. The approaches of these artists are very diverse and focus more on Romania’s classical artistic heritage. They aim at exploring the contemporary state of mind. Figuration has been commonly used by the painters along with gestural, expressionistic accents. There is a growing concern of portrait study among emerging artists in addition to established painters as well.
Therefore, Romanian art’s international popularity and significance are on a rapid rise. Some futures in near future it has great chances to be the next big thing in the world of art.

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