Pavel (b. 1991) currently lives and works in Cluj-Napoca. He is one of the most known young painters that graduated from the University of Art and Design Cluj-Napoca, in recent times.
2010-2013 B.A/Painting-Department, University of Arts and Design, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2013-2015 M.A/Painting-Department, University of Arts and Design, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2015 – PhD Studies in Visual Arts at University of Art and Design, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2015 “Emergence”, Visual Contact Gallery, Oradea, Romania
2015 “Nothing by Chance”, Bazis Contemporary Art Space, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2016 “Resurrected”, curated by Ada Muntean, FIVE PLUS Art Gallery, Vienna, Austria
2016 “Ambiguity of natural order”, Artful Contemporary, Bucharest
2016 “Resurrected”, curated by Ada Muntean, Urania Palace, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2015 “berlininclujinberlin”, Gara Mica, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2014 “Light Colour”, Gallery Mie Lefever, Gent, Belgium
2014 “Hidden Field”, Group Exhibition in collaboration with Bazis Contemporary Art Space, Ultrastudio Pescara, Italia
2013 “Absorption”, Group Exhibition in collaboration with Bazis Contemporary Art Space, Anaid Art Gallery, Bucharest
Traces of Identity
The artist discovers and recontextualizes old family photos and interprets them in a visual manner similar to the collage – in pictorial compositions. He established an identity trail beginning with the photographed image and reaching elements from his daily universe. The geographic journey to knowledge – looking for the family photos in his native places (The Republic of Moldova) and finding out the story behind them – integrates the past in the present and offers suggestions as to a possible future. The collage is one of the artist’s favourite techniques and serves both as a starting point in making the painted compositions and as individual pieces. The visual trail created by Pavel by outlining a possible identity invites the onlooker to take part in an intimate and very direct, almost confessional visual dialogue.