Art in Conversation
with Ioana Nestorescu-Balcesti
ABOUT THE ARTIST
The SYMBOLISM found in the art of Ioana Nestorescu-Balcesti is seeking to decipher the very purpose of existence.
Her artworks are constantly seeking the truth. Carefully chosen colours and strong lines but with the sensitivity of an artist who knows the esoteric part of human nature, creates a world that needs to be patiently described.
Ioana's paintings are like books, which you read and immediately want to have in your personal library. By reading them you will always be revealed new perspectives.
Maxim Corciova, visual artist
Visual Artist | United Kingdom
Painting is silent poetry
As a child, I would have liked to have become an archaeologist. I hoped to find the cities of ancient civilizations, the remains of long-lost architectural masterpieces, fragments of life that no one knew anything about. And just as I spent my entire childhood in a museum, I was shared by the essences of the past, by the stories behind the exhibits, by the palette of shades of some faces and static forms but in constant change. Along the way, however, I realized that as time goes on, the colours change. Some become wiser, others on the contrary, more adventurous. These changes, which make up the evolution of colours, fascinated me and made me want to be able to penetrate the alchemy of chromatic transformations. For this, I needed to set certain colour hypostases to analyze them later. And without realizing it, from my play as a researcher, I came to model the colours, to look for their malleability, to try to reconcile them with time, between them or on the contrary, to argue them to provoke storms and irreversible processes. I had become a grey eminence in the life of twilight shades. Since then I have continued to do this, understanding along the way that beyond colours, words were the ones that gave birth to the processes on the basis of which colours came to life. I assumed poetry as a prerogative in the hope that in this way I would be able to penetrate the psychology of the evolutionary processes of chromatics.
My works do not seek to amaze the viewer. They invite the one who is prepared for a journey of time. For me, colours are distinct life forms, complex characters whose genealogy will race you if you do not know it. White is the mother of these characters and black is a haunted father who denies his existence for the sake of protecting his offspring. And between these two parental barriers, between black and white, there is the saga of descending colours, whose subtle chronicler I was entrusted to be.
PERSONAL & GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2011 - "Highlights", Students Cultural House, Bucharest, Romania
2011 - "Eugene Ionesco, Eugen Ionescu" - sketches, models, happening (group exhibition), Exhibition Palace - Veletržní Palace, Prague, Czech Republic.
2011 - "The Birds", Visual Arts Center, Bucharest, Romania
2012 - "Art & Poetry", Romanian Youth Cultural Center, Bucharest, Romania
2012 - "Art Intersection I", (group exhibition) Visual Arts Center, Bucharest, Romania
2012 - "Artists Spring", (group exhibition) Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris
2013 - "Symbolom - installation - object", Romanian Youth Cultural Center, Bucharest
2013 - "Art Intersection II", (group exhibition) Visual Arts Center, Bucharest, Romania
2013 - "Art Brussels 2013", (group exhibition) Brussels, Belgium
2014 - Installation Exhibition (painting and poetry) "Windows", Romanian House of Scientists, Bucharest
2015 - "Collective Voices" Institute for the Advancement of Contemporary Visual Culture, Athens, Greece
2015 - Graphic arts exhibition - "Seven ink pots", Romanian House of Scientists, Bucharest
2015 - Graphic arts exhibition, Belgrade, "Singidunum'' Gallery
2016 - “Terrorism, migration, violence, alienation” within the International Conference “Female Freemasonry face to face with the current challenges Terrorism, migration, violence, alienation”, organizer of the Great Romanian Feminine Order. Ibis Hotel, Bucharest
2017 - "Alchemy" , Galeria Romana, Bucharest, Romania
2018 - "Circles of Identity", Galeria Romana, Bucharest, Romania
2018 - "Art and design" Exhibition (group exhibition), University of East London, UK
2019 - "Circles of Identity", The East London Hub, London, UK
2020 - "Pandemic Art", Tehnoarte, online exhibition
1995 - 2016 - Participation in creative camps, workshops and volunteering in various cultural projects
2008-2011 - Founder and promoter of the “Green Fair” project, a monthly fair of artistic creation, in collaboration with Luni @ Green Hours Theater.
2008-2013 - Co-founder and manager of ZaZaStudioDesign
2014 - present - Freelancing - graphic and digital media design
2021 - Co-founder and Art Director Art in Conversation Gallery
2021 - Founder This is design.uk - graphic design studio, London, UK
2011 - Special award at the "Fine Arts Contest Art as a means of communication - In the footsteps of Joan Miro" organized by the Romanian National Post Company S.A., under the High Patronage of the Ministry of Communications and Information Society, National Philatelic Museum, Bucharest, Romania
2006 - First Prize, National Poetry Festival “Costache Conachi”, 14th edition, Tecuci, Romania
2006 - Award of the Magazine “Convorbiri Literare” Iasi, within the same festival, Tecuci, Romania
2006 - Writers' Society Award “C. Negri ”Galati, within the same festival, Tecuci, Romania
2006 - Arhip Art Sibiu Publishing House Award, within the same festival, Tecuci, Romania
2006 - First Prize, 9th Edition of the National Contest for Literary Creation organized by the “Pavel Dan” Cenacle, Timisoara
2005 - Special Mention for the English Essay "The Different Concepts of Liberalism" Olive W. Garvey Fellowship Competition, The Independent Institute, California
2004 - Special prize at the “Poetry XXII” National Poetry Festival Festival, 3rd Edition, and the publication in the volume “Escape from oneself” (anthology of the festival, made by V. Munteanu) Cancicov Cultural Foundation Publishing House, Bacau, Romania
2003 - First Prize - The “Spring” Festival organized by the Ministry of Education and Research
2000 - Second Prize - Poetry Competition organized within a cultural project of the Library “I. L. Caragiale ”, Bucharest