Art in Conversation
with Marian Trutulescu

ABOUT THE ARTIST
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MARIAN TRUTULESCU
Visual Artist | Romania

“The Concept of identity is a difficult one” but, “the concept of identity is as indispensable as it is unclear.” In Trutulescu’s endeavor into Identity and expression there is no clear-cut statement: faces blend and fade, become enmeshed, duplicate, triplicate, and multiply and divide, and disappear entirely. The characters are both metamorphosing into composition and decomposition, perhaps even reflecting an uncertain quantum state of being in many states of existence at once. “It is only when identities become uncertain when it becomes impossible or very difficult to define oneself as belonging to a larger whole, that it becomes possible to claim an identity.”

Ultimately though, he seeks to acknowledge the chaos of contemporary life while also expressing wonder at its beauty and ability to inspire. These works do not, like another figurative painter of deconstructed forms, Francis Bacon, evoke horror or trauma. Trutulescu’s work revels in the junction of the human and the divine, the messiness of life and it’s continuing power in spite of and maybe because of that entanglement. However difficult this endeavor of creating a sense of self outside of and within a greater world is, Trutulescu seems committed and hopeful in it.”


Deianira Tolema and Brian James Spies, D/Railed Mag

Artist Statement

Almost all of my latest works, focus on the face - the figure, the possibilities to approach this theme are very permissive. The face, in a personal point of view, has become the leit motif; it is transformed according to the mood, the representation or to the imagination. I have noticed a transition from the archaic portrait of the angelic faces that I have searched for before I started this series, to doubled-faced portrait, a new image of the modern man, contemporary man, that carries within the anxiety of the world that he lives in. The compositions – the paintings,  are zooming in and out around the character/characters that appears in the paintings. The face shows the inner emotions, the emotions of the soul, it is a form of expression through which we try to express our control, or quite the opposite, the outburst of our inner states. In it stands both the helpnessless, disgust, shelter and the escape from the everyday life. The face becomes, as well as the Art, a broadcaster of an emotion developed from a state of mind.

Why images, why faces? The appearances are illustrated some times with rough expressions, some other times having passive and serene expressions, becoming by contrast intensive existences, anxieties, stereotypes of the inner and outer turmoil. The concern for the replicability of faces as well as the transposition of individual and collective identities, from the environment closed to me, represents a problem that the whole world has to face. Everybody searches for their identity; some of them seem intangible, some are two-faced, some just pretend to be something and eventually become their own victims, some are just misunderstood by the others, but in the end we are all humans. They represent experiences lived at some point, they represent experiences shared by others, and maybe, as well as I, they are striked by the same multiple personalities of their own inner-self or of those that are around them. The truth about the society we live in is a sad one, actually descouraging, the individual or social duality is an ongoing process. The social-media channels, the communication channels show a variety of these cases; there are worlds imagined by some people, worlds that are parallel to the reality, the fake becomes the real truth, and as a self entity it is very hard to realise anymore the difference between what it actually is and what it is not...


MARIAN TRUTULESCU


Romanian artist (b. 1977)

-PhD  in visual arts;

-master of Arts (Fine Art) at West University of  Timisoara, the Faculty of  Fine Arts – graphic department;

- licenced at West University of  Timisoara, the Faculty of  Fine Arts.

University lecturer PhD, University Babes Bolyai Cluj-Napoca

Teacher of fine art at Resita High School of Art since 2000

Member of Fine Artists Union from Romania since 2002

Member of Internaţional Archive of Mail Art

Attested as graphician heraldist by National Heraldic Commission


PARTICIPATIONS IN INTERNATIONAL SHOWS AND COMPETITIONS


2004 - Novi-Sad, Voivodina Museum;

2007 - Portugal, Portuguese Printing Press Museum - PortoCartoon World Festival “Globalisation“;

2007 - Croatia, Gallery Kolovicevi from Zagreb - International Festival of Cartoon “Fake“;

2007 - Germany - International „Don Quichotte” Cartoon Contest- “Immigration”;

2007 - China, Daxing, Beijing -  The First International China Olympic Cartoon Competition;

2007 - Iran, Teheran - The First International Productivity Cartoon Competition;

2007 - Canada, Toronto, Ontario - International Mail Art Exhibition “The Prayer flag project”;

2007 - Bulgaria, Ruse,  Liuben Karavelov Regional library - International EX LIBRIS Competition “ 2 be eu“;

2007 - Bangladesh, Dhaka – The “Independence Day“ Art Festival;

2007 - Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur,  “Gemarimba” Art Gallery  - International Mail Art Exhibition;

2007 - Uruguay, Montevideo, Gallery of Latin Unit - International Mail Art Exhibition “Latin American  Unit to Eyes of the World”;

2008 - Franta, Gradignan - International Mail Art Exhibition “ A to Z ” ;

2008 - Israel - International Art Exhibition “Mask Carnival” ;

2008 - Italy, Milano, Cultural Circle “Bertolt Brecht” - “Chiesa Rossa“ Public Library. – International Itinerant Exhibition “Microyoung” ;

2008 - Italy, Brescia, Palazzo Cultura Cellatica and Sala “Togni Gussago”  - International Mail Art Exhibition;

2008 - Russia, Nonconformists Art Museum, St. Petersburg, House of the Journalist and Andrei Sakharov Community Center Moscow – International

Political Poster and Cartoon Contest “Danger: Corruption” ;

2008  - Syria, Damasc, Alba’ath Art Gallery – International Cartoon Contest  “ Culture“;

2008  - USA, Modesto, California, “Picasso's Deli” Gallery – International Exhibition “Inside and Out-Arhitecture and Interior Design” ;

2008  - Italy, Cosenza - International Mail Art Exhibition "Write Machine";

2008  - Bulgaria, Ruse,  Liuben Karavelov Regional library - International EX LIBRIS Competition;

2008  - Poland, Gdansk, Uphagena`s Residence  a branch of the Historical Museum of Gdansk - International EX LIBRIS Competition “Gdansk Lions” ;

2008  - Portugal, Porto, Portuguese Printing Press Museum - PortoCartoon World Festival “Human Rights “;

2008  - Italy, Academy of Fine Arts of Lecce, Department of Incision Techniques- International Mail Art Exhibition;

2008  - Canada, Otawa School of Art Gallery –Second  International Miniature Print Exhibition;

2008  - Italy, Milano, Associazione Culturale Citta Studi Milano – International Mail Art Exhibition “The Collage“.

2008  - Italy, Venezia Mestre – International Mail Art Exhibition "Embasy of Venice";

2008  - Italy, The EX-LIBRIS Mediterraneo Museum of Ortona –"Remo Palmirani Prize" 2008

2008  - Italy, Morosso,  Villa Maria exhibition Palace in Quiliano – International Mail and Digital Art Project "Futurenergie"

2008  -  Israel - International Art Exhibition “Dialog”

2008  -  USA, Modesto, Calofornia, Mistlin Gallery, - International Mail Art Exhibition “Suprarealism“

2009  -  Italy,Bosia, Asociatia Solstizio d’Estate- International Contest for  Ex-Libris “God Tammuz”;

2009  -  Portugal, Porto, Portuguese Printing Press Museum - PortoCartoon World Festival  “Crisis”;

2009  -  Italy, Torino, Italo Calvino Municipal Library”- International Mail Art Exhibition “Io, Gli Arti” ;

2009  -  Peru, Lima-  2nd International Exhibition of Graphic Umor;

2009  -  Taiwan, Taipei –15th International Ex-Libris Exhibition;

2009  -  China, Beijing,  ZiAn Intl Graphic Art Gallery - Beijing 1st International Erotic Ex libris Exhibition;

2010  -  Portugal, Porto, Portuguese Printing Press Museum - PortoCartoon World Festival “Airplanes and Flyng Machines”;.

2010  -  Iran, The  Water International Cartoon Contest ;

2010  -  Croatia, Gallery Kolovicevi from Zagreb - International Cartoon Exhbition “Museums/Galleries” from 15th  International Festival of Cartoon ;

2010  -  Azerbaijan, International Cartoon Contest  “Molla Nasreddin” subject“Artist/ Fine Arts Withstanding the Test of Time”;

2010  -  Ucraine, Kiev,  National Ukrainian Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture - 1 Mini Print International din Kiev;

2016  -  China, Romanian Art Exhibition at Yinchuan International Art Symposium and Contemporary Romanian Contemporary Art Conference  at ICR Beijing;

2019  -  New York, UNO, The exhibition of contemporary Romanian art "Multicultural Identities" under the high patronage of the President of Romania;

2020  - Geneva, Intercontinental art exhibition “The United Nations - the symbol of life, freedom and happiness - the United Nations in New York and the Palace of the Nations in Geneva;

2020  - Romania, ”Graphic feelings 2020”, online graphic expo, 66 artists from 50 countries.


BIENNAL / TIENNAL EXHIBITIONS 


2006  -  Romania, "Inter-Art" Fundation and  "Liviu Rebreanu" Cultural Circle - Intercontinental Biennial of Small Graphics;

2007  -  Bulgaria, Gabrovo - International Biennal of Humour and Satire in the Arts;

2007  -  China, Beijing, Empark Grand Hotel-  “Master Cup”  International Cartoon  and Illustration Biennial;

2007  -  Iran, Tehran - The 8th Tehran Cartoon Biennial;

2007  -  Greece, Elassona - 1St International Mail Art Biennale;

2008  -  Romania, "Inter-Art Aiud" Fundation and  "Liviu Rebreanu" Cultural Circle  - Intercontinental Biennial of Small Graphics;

2008  -  France, Cloître des Carmes - Jonzac - Charente-Maritime – 8th Biennale of Humour;

2008  -  Czech Republic, Rokycany- The IV Rokycany Biennal in Graphic Arts;

2008  -  Italiy – Second Graphic  Humour International Biennal “Wine, Humour and Fantacy”;

2008  -  USA, Iowa, University of Iowa City and  Texas, Austin –The Americas Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Prints;

2008  -  Serbia, Beograd, Ethnographic Museum in  Belgrade – The sixth International Biennial of Caricature  “THE GOLDEN SMILE”;.

2009  -  Portugalia, Porto, Junta de Freguesia de Milheiros – II Bienal de Arte de Milheiros 2009 – Maia;

2009  -  Republic of  Macedonia, Bitola – The 6th International Triennial of Graphic Art - Bitola 2009;

2010  -  Romania, D'Art Gallery Aiud - Intercontinental of small Graphics Biennial;

2016  -  Romania, Inter-Art Gallery Aiud - Intercontinental of small Graphics Biennial;

2016  -  Romania, International Biennal „Ion Andreescu”, Arts Gallery „Ion Andreescu” , Buzau;

2017  -  Romania, International Biennal Meeting Point, Arad.


PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS


1999 - Easel graphic exhibition  at Gallery “Acces” from Timisoara; 2000,2002- Easel graphic exhibition  at Cultural Center ”Augusta”;

2001,2002 - Easel graphic exhibition  at Gallery ”Agora” from Resita;

2003 - Easel graphic exhibition  at Gallery ”Emil Campeanu” from Oravita;

2004 - 2006 Easel graphic exhibition  at Hotel ”Semenic” from Resita; 2007  -Easel graphic exhibition  “Ancestral Spaces”-  at Hotel ”Semenic”;

2008  -Easel graphic exhibition  “Under the sign of light”-  at Hotel ”Semenic”;

2011 - Easel graphic exhibition  “Celestial spaces”, Helios Gallery-Timisoara;

2012 - Easel graphic exhibition  “Celestial spaces”, at the Museum of the mountainous Banat, Resita;

2016 - Easel graphic and painting  exhibition, at the Museum of the mountainous Banat;

2016 - Easel graphic and painting  exhibition  ”Imago Mundi” la European Cultural and Youth Center for UNESCO ”Nicolae Balcescu” from Bucharest;

2017 - Easel graphic and painting  exhibition  Administrative Palace from Timisoara;

2020 - Painting exhibition ”In faces” Pigmalyon Gallery, Timisoara.


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2001, 2002,2003 - Resita, Gallery ”Agora”  Collective exhibition  of Fine Artists Union of Romania – Resita branch;

2003 -”Project of visual art” Interart Triade Establishment from Timisoara;

2003 - Resita, Gallery ”Liceu” of Fine Arts High School- teachers exhibition ;

2004 - Resita, Gallery ”Agora”;

2004 - Alba Iulia, Library ”Cathedral of Reinstate people”;

2004 - Resita, Cultural House - Camp of Creation Exhibition from Crivaia;

2002; 2003; 2004 - Oravita,Theatre ”Mihai Eminescu”- International camp of Creation Exhibition from  Oravita;

2005 - Resita, Gallery ”Agora” - Collective exhibition  of Fine Artists Union of Romania – Resita branch;

2006 - Bucharest, Palace of Parlament, Gallery “Brancusi”, National Art Exhibition;

2006 - Resita, Gallery ”Agora”, The International Creation Camp Art Show from Pojejena;

2007 - “Liviu Rebreanu” Cultural Center Aiud, International Cartoon Exhibition, ”Humour Cartoon and Epigram Festival” “Epigrafix”;

2007 - Timisoara, Gallery ”Mansarda”-  The Fine Arts Faculty;

2007 - Resita, Gallery ”Agora”, The Creation Camp Art Show from Pojejena;

2008 -  Timisoara, Gallery “Helios”,

2008 -  Baia Mare, Florean Musem - International Mail Art Exhibition “Green Eyes”;

2008 -  Baia Mare, Florean Musem - International Mail Art Exhibition “Juke-Box” ;

2008 -  Aiud, “Liviu Rebreanu” Cultural Center Aiud, International Cartoon Exhibition, „Humour Cartoon and  Epigram Festival” “Epigrafix”;

2008  - Aiud- X th International Mail Art Exhibition  within  International Camp of creation from Aiud;

2008 -  TimiSoara, Administrative Palace  - The Aniversary Thematical Exhibition “The Mentor-Homage to my master “;

2008 -  Resita, Gallery "Liceum" of Fine Arts High School- teachers exhibition;

2009  - Timisoara, West University of Timisoara - the Faculty of Arts and Design  - International Exhibition “ Symbolical Communication”;

2009  - Bacau- International Ex-Libris Contest “Eugen Ionescu”;

2010  -  Resita, Gallery"Agora" -Collective Exhibition of Fine Arts”AXE” ;

2010  -  Alba Iulia, Fine Artists Union of Romania Gallery  of  Alba branch -. Collective Exhibition of Fine Arts”AXE”;

2010  -  Sibiu, Fine Artists Gallery, Sibiu – Fine art Collective  Exhibition “AXE”;

2016 -  “Helios” Gallery- TimiSoara, Collective Exhibition – ” The gifts of spring”;

2017 -  ”Existence in art ( Iovan 70)”, Helios Gallery- Timisoara;

2018 -  Resita, Foyer of the “Eftimie Murgu” University of the visual arts exhibition within ROMCON 

2018 -  Alba Iulia, National Museum of the Union, Exhibition "Multicultural Identities" 100 Romanian artists.


PRIZE, NOMINALIZATIONS


2009  - Honorable mention, China, Beijing - at the First Ex Libris International Expo ;

2009 -  Special Mention in  Italy, Bosia, Asociatia Solstizio d’Estate- International Contest for  Ex-Libris “God Tammuz”;

2009  - Awarded Prisez in Taiwan, Taipei - 15th International Ex-Libris Exhibition;

2008 -  Honorable mention in Syria, Damasc, Alba’ath Art Gallery – International Cartoon Contest  “ Culture“;

- Selected Bookplates in Poland, Gdansk - International EX LIBRIS Competition “Gdansk Lions” ;

2007 -  Selected prize in China, Beijing, - “Master Cup”  International Cartoon  and Illustration Biennial.


Works in private collections from Germany, Italy, France, Norway, Canada, United States of America and Romania.