Traian Boldea

Born on 9 February 1978 in Bucharest, Romania is a graduate of National University of Arts Bucharest, Romania. Currently he is a teacher at the painting department of the same university.“Since 2010 I have been confronting myself with the individual identity in relation to the collective identity.

“Agorafobia” is the title of a series of projects I am still working on. The driving force in the composition of my paintings stems from the sense of loss emerging from the very moment of diving into the mass. This sense is amplified when everyone in the mass looks alike, the reason for which the protagonists in my compositions are always multiple versions of one and the same individual. Will and collective action are the result of the reproducibility of those versions and attitudes, the variations of which become less discernible in relation to the mass. The subjects of these projects are well known to the Western culture. Rather than a certain story or event, the definition of the individual identity in relation to the collective identity is focussed on. Naturally, the subjects contain a multitude of actors, as in the Apocalypse, Sodom and Gomorrha, the Exodus from Egypt or the Tower of Babel. In parallel the technical efforts focus on the coalescing boundaries between drawing and painting that are so hard to define.”

“Since 2010 I have been confronting myself with the individual identity in relation to the collective identity. The driving force in the composition of my paintings stems from the sense of loss emerging from the very moment of diving into the mass. This sense is amplified when everyone in the mass looks alike, the reason for which the protagonists in my compositions are always multiple versions of one and the same individual. Will and collective action are the result of the reproducibility of those versions and attitudes. Naturally, the subjects contain a multitude of actors, as in the Apocalypse, Sodom and Gomorrha, the Exodus from Egypt or the Tower of Babel.

In parallel the technical efforts focus on the coalescing boundaries between drawing and painting that are so hard to define. The tactile Evolution can be measured chronologically from work to work; from my sole use of pen and black trying to integrate coloured Areas to my line-drawing melting into a coloured spot.

What is important for an artist? There isn’t any recipe, but sincere and continuous experimenting can lead to self-knowledge. In my case every obstacle was only transient thanks to my work discipline.”  Traian Boldea

 

BIOGRAPHY

1987 born in Bucharest, Romania

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (selection):

2012 The Tower of Babel, Anaid Art Gallery, Bucharest
2008 The Tower of Babel, G18 Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selected):

2013 Regular presentations of his works as work-in-progress
2013 Traian Boldea, Ciprian Paleologu and the collector Daniel Stefanica establish LABORNA, Bucharest, Romania
2013 “Duplex”, Calpe Gallery, Timisoara, Bucharest
2013 “150 years UNARTE”, Dalles rooms, Bucharest
2013 Exhibition of the teaching staff of the painting faculty, University of Arts UNAB, CAV, Bucharest
2012 “11+” / Exhibition of the teaching staff of the painting faculty, University of Arts UNAB, CAV, Bucharest
2011 “Traditions and Modernity”, Moscow, Russia
2011 “13” / Exhibition of the teaching staff of the painting faculty, University of Arts UNAB, CAV, Bucharest
2011 “Figure In, Figure Out”, LC Foundation, Bucharest;
2011 “Celalalt corp” (“The other body”) and “Corpul supravegheat” (“The monitored body”), VAC, Bucharest
2010 “October. Remember. December”, Anaid Art Gallery, Bucharest
2010 “Drawn Together: collaboration in performance drawing”, London, England
2008 Torre Civica di Mestre, Venice, Italy

PUBLICATIONS:

2014 “DUPLEX Bucuresti. Timisoara”
2014 “PICTURA, SCULPTURA, RAFICA-UNARTE la 150 de ani”
2013 “ZECE PLUS” (catalogue)
2012 “UNARTE ‘012-Pictura”; “11+, Pictura” (catalogue of the exhibition of the teaching staff of the painting faculty, University of Arts UNAB, CAV, Bucharest)
2011 “Treisprezece” (catalogue)
2011 “Unarte 011” (catalogue)

 

 

 

 

 

 


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