Art in Conversation with Miruna Almasan

ABOUT THE ARTIST
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An art lover since childhood, Miruna attended art school until the end of high school, in her hometown of Deva, Romania. Then, after earning a degree in interior architecture in Bucharest, she decided to return to her first passion: painting. She earned a Master of Painting & Drawing degree in Florence, where she currently resides, followed by a steady stream of exhibitions.

During her Master’s degree, Miruna’s painting style changed radically. Her use of different techniques like collage, oil, wax, as well as the changes in form and colour palette in her paintings now evoke a world that exists between fantasy and reality. 

MIRUNA ALMASAN
Visual Artist | Italy

Artist Statement

An art lover since childhood, Miruna attended art school until the end of high school, in her hometown of Deva, Romania. Then, after earning a degree in interior architecture in Bucharest, she decided to return to her first passion: painting. She earned a Master of Painting & Drawing degree in Florence, where she currently resides, followed by a steady stream of exhibitions.


During her Master’s degree, Miruna’s painting style changed radically. Her use of different techniques like collage, oil, wax, as well as the changes in form and colour palette in her paintings now evoke a world that exists between fantasy and reality. Most of the elements in her paintings come from an imaginary world and expose her inner self, sometimes romantic and dreamy, other times naïve and childish. Well-known characters from her childhood’s stories, enchanted forests, fantastical creatures… they all have a place in her paintings. Every piece represents Miruna’s sensibility at a given time; how she saw and perceived a particular moment of her life.

Miruna’s technique consisted mostly of acrylic on canvas, but has expanded greatly in Florence. Her first series after her Master’s degree consisted of collages and included paper, oil, acrylic, gypsum, textiles, wax, and more.


STUDIES

2012 - Accademia Riaci, Master in painting, Florence, Italy
2009 - University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu” Bucharest, Faculty of  Interior Archicture, Interior Design Department 
2010 - Degree in Interior Architecture, Bucharest, Romania
2004 - School of music and arts “Sigismund Toduta”, Deva, Romania


PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS

2019 - Gong, vagabondaggio emotivo, Florence, Italy

2017 - Miruna e le sue Fiabe, Florence, Italy

2014 - Impresie Sentiment, Deva, Romania

2012 - Personale di Miruna Almasan, Florence, Italy


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014 - Aperitivo Artistico, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy

2014 - 10 Anniversario LiberArte, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy

2014 - Noi - sette artiste ed un'Ospite gradita, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy

2013 - E...state in città, Merlino Bottega d'Arte, Florence, Italy

2013 - Pausa Caffe Festival, Florence, Italy

2013 - Arte Donna, Galleria 360, Florence, Italy

2012 - Colori dell'Anima, Galleria 360, Florence, Italy

2012 - Causa Sguardo, Pontedera, Italy

2012 - Un Sogno nel Tempo, Florence, Italy

2012 - Il mio mondo, Florence, Italy


OTHER EXHIBITIONS

2021 - Biennale Internazionale d’arte contemporanea Rosso di Maggio, Villa Paolotti, Gattinara, Italy

2014 - Beijing Art Expo, Beijing Exhibition Center, Cina

2013 - Vienna Showcase Art Fair, Vienna, Austria

2012 - Florence Design Week, Palazzo Borghese, Florence, Italy
2009 - Mary Bazart Festival, Sibiu, Romania


Her second series (that followed just 6 months after her first) was the result of a period of growth and maturing. Having closed an important chapter in her life (the end of her formal studies), Miruna found a new road open up in front of her. Compared to her earlier works, this series displays a significant shift in her style and method of work. Gone are the strange, fantastical creatures, and characters from her childhood’s stories; only the enchanted forest remains, but under a new guise. Instead of revealing snapshots of Miruna’s life, it now reveals the feelings and emotions she lives out internally; feelings she expresses through her choice of medium, colour, and shadow.


Recently, a reuse and re-purposing of materials can also be observed in Miruna’s technique. Growing up in her home country of Romania, handmade doilies were very common, decorating furniture in every household. Today, since they are rarely used for that purpose, Miruna decided to use them in her art; made easy by the fact that most of them are shaped like leaves, flowers, and stars. Thus, everything from her second collection onwards represents Miruna’s feelings and sensibility as a result of her journey through life. She hasn’t yet strived to send a message, just to express her thoughts and feelings. Miruna’s paintings represent her.