Sergiu Roman

"This “portraits” series talks about changes, about the psychological and spiritual transformations that occur in people’s lives that make them more mature, more aware of their own mortality, spirituality, destiny. Actually, it’s about changes and mystery; about the unseen forces that push us forward."

Mirabile - Oil and gold enamel on canvas

“By the means of combining different styles, techniques, visual elements, etc. I try to express the complexity and plenitude of the world and its echoes inside the human psyche; also the conflicting nature of human’s inner and outer world, torn between material and spiritual, freedom and responsibility, clarity and confusion, routine and shock, and so on. But it’s more than that.

This “portraits” series talks about changes, about the psychological and spiritual transformations that occur in people’s lives that make them more mature, more aware of their own mortality, spirituality, destiny, legacy. Actually, it’s about changes and mystery; about those mysterious forces that move us from one level of understanding and acting to the next. Broadly speaking, they are about the unseen. About the inexplicable. About destiny. About all those things that remind us that we don’t have all the answers.

I use things that work together and elements that don’t, rough and mild areas, contrasting and blending motifs, harmony and chaos, in the same way in which we are compelled to take the moral and the immoral, the ugly and the beautiful, the known and the unknown, situations that we are comfortable with, and other uncomfortable aspects, in order to articulate a life, our life. We simply have no other choice.”

Regina - Oil on canvas 120 x 160 cm
Sub Luna - Oil on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Papilionem - Oil and gold enamel on canvas
King of Spades - Oil on canvas

Romanian painter and mixed media artist, Sergiu Roman lives and works in Shanghai, China. He recently had a solo show at the Xuhui Art Museum, Shanghai (2014) and participated in group shows at the Hotel Radisson, Shanghai (2014) and Liyuntang Art School, Shanghai (2015).


This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


 

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