ROMANIA
Temporary souls
Bogdan Mihai Radu
Bogdan Mihai Radu (b. 1979, Sibiu) is a Romanian born, British adopted artist known for his abstract landscapes, flowers and deeply colored and textured paintings. He spent his childhood among the fields full of irises in Transylvania, where he discovered for the first time his passion for art.

Bogdan held his first solo exhibition in 2002, Past Wrapped in Shadows and Colors, at Casa Ille et Vilaine, receiving numerous positive remarks from the artistic community in Sibiu. In 2003, Bogdan became a member of the Union of Fine Artists in Sibiu, Romania, which led to his participation in a group exhibition at the Atelier 35 gallery and a personal exhibition entitled Reflections at Atelier 202 in Apoldu de Sus. After that, Bogdan attended various notable personal exhibitions such as Sibiu Aromas at Casa Luxemburg, Lost in Color at Cisnadie City Hall in 2004 and one focused on watercolors, Contrast and Color in 2005. In 2005, Bogdan was awarded an important prize offered to young talents in a contest organized by the Art e Arte Foundation.

Bogdan has participated in several outstanding group exhibitions in Romania, including one dedicated to Ion Dacian at the National Operetta Theater in Bucharest in 2005, Angels and Saints at the Comedy Theater in Bucharest in 2006 and the Heart of Queen Mary at the Central University Library in Bucharest in 2006.

Bogdan studied under the guidance of master Corneliu Brudașcu - an influential Romanian painter, who enjoys international recognition - whose style was deeply influential for Bogdan. The following years were accompanied by a series of exhibitions such as the exhibition Bogdan, Mihai and Radu at the House of Culture of Students in Cluj-Napoca and It is exhausting to be a painter at the Green Hours Jazz Cafe in Bucharest.

Bogdan moved to London after winning first prize at the International Art Fair in Oxford in 2018, which led him to present his work, as a special guest, at the International Art Fair in Tokyo in the same year. In November 2020, Bogdan received an official decoration for his contribution to art and culture; as a sign of recognition and appreciation for the important and prestigious career in the visual arts, for the talent, dedication and professionalism that led to the enrichment of universal culture and spirituality and for the major contribution to promoting Romania's image in the United Kingdom.

His works are included in several notable museums, including the Cotroceni National Museum in Bucharest, Romania. In 2021 he had a personal exhibition dedicated to Queen Mary, at the Mogoșoaia Palace, outside Bucharest.

He has exhibited twice in recent years at the Romanian Cultural Institute in London: Tony Blair visited his exhibition In Search of Life in 2019, and after the second one, Eight Moments Found in 2021, he was included in Paul's book Kenyon Children of the night. Moreover, last year, his painting "Yellow Flowers" was pre-selected at the Summer Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Art, and in 2022 he exhibited at ARCUB Bucharest in a group exhibition dedicated to Ervant Nicogosian and his friends.

Bogdan lives and works in London, United Kingdom.

 

Artistic concept


Through the artwork exhibited in the foyer of the Fabrica de Cultură – sala Faust, Bogdan Mihai Radu wants to make a mapping of the Faustian realm starting from the dizzying diversity of characters, lights, colors and states that the theater show leaves in his artistic SELF. The exhibited canvas impresses by its size, in accordance with the monumentality of the play, which this year will celebrate 15 years of uninterrupted representation on the Romanian and international stages. The dimensions of the work are 4 m x 1.5 m, and the work technique is a mixed one.

Inter-art relations have always fluctuated in terms of the intimacy of the creative act but also of mutual consideration. That is why in a personal gesture of admiration and protest at the same time, the artist found it appropriate that the work on display bear the name of one of Faust's remarks, “Ah! two souls are in me! How they struggle in my chest, not to live together anymore! ”. One of the two souls of the artist thinks and feels Romanian and remains deeply attached to the specific values of this people, while a second resonates with the cosmopolitan and diversity offered only by a city with aspirations and international openness.

The play directed by Silviu Purcărete, violates taboos and arouses passions, which is why the work that the artist exhibits, wants to transgress the comfortable area of the figurative, its intention being to exceed the limit of form and accommodate the visitor with the joy of the explosion of colors.


Exact location: Fabrica de Cultură - Construcții SA - UniCredit (Foyer, Faust Hall Entrance)
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