He was born on 5 February 1982, in Medias (Sibiu county, Romania). He graduated in Graphic Design from the Timisoara University and is presently a Ph.D. student at the National Fine Arts University in Bucharest. Mihail Zgondoiu is an active exhibitor and curator, a stance typical for many young artists. From 2006 onwards he participated in countless solo and group exhibitions both in his native Romania and in Austria.
He also works as co-curator for various projects, such as the IEEB3 (International Experimental Engraving Biennale, Bucharest, 2008), and, as of 2012, as curator and project coordinator for geamMAT Gallery, the Timisoara Art Museum, and the Bucharest ATELIER 030202 gallery.
Zgondoiu is an avid observer of cultural issues, political stereotypes but also of his own identity. Key words such as freedom, crises, communism, capitalism, identity, matrix and the critical use of social media are cornerstones of his conceptual approach. Part critical, thought-provoking and ironic, part self-referential, his mix-media projects freely blend in different mediums, paraphrase various styles, tendencies, inter-disciplinary concepts, and figurative art approaches.
The best way to sum up this multi-tasking undertaking is through the phrase ‘the artist is not an island’, the banner under which poets, writers, philosophers are brought together to shape a new discourse, broadly contextualised through publications and theatre-actions, all bearing the artist’s concept signature.
Zgondoiu’s working manner is heterogeneous and disregards norms as the artist openly opposes Western standards as much as the politically informed thinking and formal expressions reflective of local Romanian history and society. This is how he marks his very own place as an artist in a strongly market-oriented, globalising cultural society. (A. Altmann/S.Müllegger)
Translation: Codruta Cruceanu
1982 born in Bucharest, Romania
2009 – 2013 Graphic Designer, Comedy Theater Bucharest, Romania
2012 – 2014 co-curator of geamMat Gallery, part of the Art Museum in Timisoara, Romania
SOLO EXHIBITIONS (selected):
2016 DADA BRANCUSI, Galateca Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
2014 The Artist’s Golden Hand, FIVE PLUS Art Gallery, Vienna, Austria
2013 Break Body , Art Museum Timisoara, Romania
2012 Lenin’s Sleep, Free Press Square, Bucharest, Romania
2011 The Red Line, The National Dance Center, Bucharest, Romania
2011 Freedom as Visual Pattern, Hampden Gallery -Incubator Art Space, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
2001 The Red Carpet, The Schloss Museum courtyard, Linz, Austria
GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selected):
2014 BB6 (Bucharest International Biennal for Contemporary Art #6), Bucharest, Romania
2010 IEEB4 (International Experimental Engraving Biennial – Mogosoaia, Romania
MUSEUM AND COLLECTIONS (selected):
Art collection „Luciano Benetton” , Italy
„DFEWA” foundation, Stuttgart, Germany
Herczeg Art Collection, Romania
Alain Servais Collection, Belgium