Art in Conversation
with Bogdan Mihai Radu
ABOUT THE ARTIST
BOGDAN MIHAI RADU
Painter | United Kingdom
BOGDAN MIHAI RADU (b. 1979, Sibiu) is a Romanian painter known for his abstract landscapes, depiction of flowers and deeply colourful, textured paintings. He spent his childhood in the iris-filled fields of Transylvania, Romania where he first discovered his passion for art.
When Bogdan was a child, he saw a captivating film about an art robbery. Prestigious and pricey paintings were stolen from museums and private collections and replaced by near-perfect replicas. The owners were never to discover when or how the theft took place.
The intricate and creative plot behind this film caught Bogdan’s attention, inspiring him to echo the script by ‘borrowing’ his grandmothers’ and other relatives’ paintings – allegedly needing them for school – only to reproduce them and return the beautifully executed renditions to their owners. Just like in the film, Bogdan’s family was never able to suspect the trick he played on them through his artful mastery.
Despite his artistic capabilities, Bogdan’s family decided to enrol him in a local high school that focused on the study of railways and rail issues. He never gave up on his artistic studies though and decided to attend Friedrich Müller’s college classes and became a certified art therapist. Shortly after, he began volunteering in various centres for disabled children. By witnessing the children’s genuine ease and joy in participating in artistic activities, and the miraculous effects of colour on one’s psychology, Bogdan decided to pursue an artistic career.
Bogdan held his first solo show in 2002, Past Shrouded in Shadow and Colour, at Casa Ille et Vilaine, receiving many accolades among Sibiu’s arts community. 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 Atelier 35 gallery and a solo exhibition entitled Reflections at Atelier 202 in Apoldu de Sus. After this, Bogdan took part in various notable solo exhibitions such as the Flavours of Sibiu at the Casa Luxembourg, Plunged into Colour at the Cisnadie City Hall in 2004, and a focus on watercolours, Contrast and Colour in 2005. In 2005, Bogdan was named one of the ‘Young Talent’ winners in a contest organised by the Art e Arte Foundation.
2019 | Searching for Life, Romanian Cultural Institute, London, UK
2016 | The Heart of the Queen, Cotroceni National Museum, Bucharest, Romania
2016 | The Heart of the Queen, Royal Art Gallery, Sinaia, Romania
2014 | Goodbye, flowers!, BMR Galleries, Bucharest, Romania
2013 | Parfum de murs, Cultural Centre Vitre, France
2012 | Art exhibition, National Military Circle Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
2011 | Nostalgia of flowers and streets, Royal Art Gallery, Sinaia, Romania
2011 | Wiederkehr / Comeback, Atelier 202 Art Gallery, Apoldu de Sus, Romania
2009 | Moments, World Trade Center Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
2008 | 90th Anniversary of the National Day of Romania, Romanian-American Cultural Association, Detroit, USA
2008 | Landscapes, Fortuna Art Gallery, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2007 | Bogdan, Mihai and Radu, Student’s Culture House, Cluj, Romania
2004 | Flavours of Sibiu, Casa Luxemburg, Sibiu, Romania
2003 | Reflections, Atelier 202 Art Gallery, Apoldu de Sus, Romania
2002 | Past shrouded in shadow and colour, Casa Ille et Vilaine, Sibiu, Romania
2018 | Tokyo International Art Fair, Tokyo, Japan
2018 | Oxford International Art Fair, Oxford, United Kingdom
2016 | Retreat: From Observation to Fantasy, Carol Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
2008 | Eclectic Transfer, Atlas Art Gallery, Oradea, Romania
2006 | Art e Arte Foundation: Balchik – Queen Mary’s Heart, Carol I Central University Library, Bucharest, Romania
2005 | Euro Art, Art Galleries, Sibiu, Romania
2005 | Artists’ Union Sibiu: Autumn Exhibition, Contemporary Art Gallery, National Museum of Brukenthal, Sibiu, Romania
2005 | Ion Dacian, Art e Arte Foundation: Young Talents, National Musical Comedy Theatre, Bucharest, Romania
2004 | Artists’ Union Sibiu: Autumn Exhibition, Contemporary Art Gallery, Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu, Romania
2004 | Artists’ Union Sibiu: Summer Exhibition: Holiday, Atelier 202 Art Gallery, Apoldu de Sus, Romania
2003 | Artists’ Union Sibiu: Exhibition, Atelier 35 Art Gallery, Sibiu, Romania
2003 | Artists’ Union Sibiu: Autumn Exhibition, Contemporary Art Gallery, Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu, Romania
2007 | Project Manager of Sibiu Workshop 2007, Kunstenaars & Co Amsterdam, Romania
2007 | Dada East Project, Contemporary Art Gallery, Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu, Romania
2006 | Balchik International Painting Workshop, Art e Arte Foundation, Romania
2018 | 1st Prize at the Oxford International Art Fair, Oxford, United Kingdom