Art in Conversation
with Sorin Purcaru

ABOUT THE ARTIST
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Sorin Purcaru is one of the most active, dynamic and creative artists in Romania. With an important number of personal and group exhibitions, the artist has distinguished himself by the consistency and consistency of artistic projects, projects that propose reading sculptural art from a contemporary perspective, focusing on innovation, addressing the changes and openings imposed by globalization and international communication. cultural in a special key.

SORIN PURCARU
Sculptor | Romania

Artist Statement

Born on the border between matter and energy, from the interaction of fire with metal, my people define themselves in the light of intuitions, of the spark that generates expressive volumetric structures. They bear my mark as well as that of the one who looks at them. 


Sorin Purcaru


Sorin Purcaru is one of the most active, dynamic and creative artists in Romania. With an important number of personal and group exhibitions, the artist has distinguished himself by the consistency and consistency of artistic projects, projects that propose reading sculptural art from a contemporary perspective, focusing on innovation, addressing the changes and openings imposed by globalization and international communication. cultural in a special key. 


The sculptor proposes unique configurations, anthropo or zoomorphized, with graceful arches resulting from the contrast between the created shape and the ready made elements (bells, keys, locks) inserted, straight or twisted, balanced to create a directional tension. Interrogating and often persuasively confronting the postmodern theoretical baggage, Sorin Purcaru articulates answers in which it is not aesthetic stakes or excessive theorizing that prevails but the desire to offer an opening to the viewer about the profound changes that occur between societies, individuals. The artist manages to break the gravity of classical metal structures by selecting and inserting in each work fragments of objects often found accidentally which, in turn, evolve in the form of self-contained independent structures.


Each sculpture offers a visual experience that defies the physical properties of the materials in an aesthetic key of a special integrity. The contrast between the raw material, steel or bronze and the characters created, often dynamic that almost seem to take flight, the repetition of motifs in similar shapes in sculpture or contours in graphics, compatible surface textures, parallel planes, color affinities and discrete welding give coherence of each individual sculpture.


His characters insist on contrasting or molding themselves depending on the space where they are located, melting into a causal aesthetic amalgam. An allegory of freedom, of boundless openings, his work made of the synthesis of shapes and materials, in which light and surface texture play an important role, is sensual, multi-layered with a particular brain load, which gives the viewer a contemplative dimension, a window open to the pathos of the human condition in a society marked by uncertainty.


An inner force full of verve defines Sorin Purcaru's style, its forms are born from the complicity of matter with sublimated plastic reflection: ironic, intelligent, provocative, lascivious (affecting exaggerated modesty), industrial, each bears the personal mark of the artist, of searches each one reflects a truth about Sorin Purcaru in front of an authentic approach of self-identification and positioning in the heterogeneous mass of contemporary creations.


Maria Bilasevschi _ art critic


PURCARU GEORGE SORIN (b. 21 June 1971)

Associate Professor at the “George Enescu” University of Arts, Iasi
U.A.P. member since 2002


PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS


1993 Galati gallery of the newspaper Viata Libera
2001 Iasi Rotonda gallery
2004 Iasi Gallery Cupola exhibition "Installers' Store"
2006 Iasi exhibition "4 Bells" Triconc gallery
2007 Bacau Art Museum Bacau
2008 Iasi Dana gallery, Iasi "Sculptor's drawings" Avangarde bookstore
2009 Galati, Museum of Visual Art Galati
2011 Iasi gallery Grand Hotel Traian, Iasi "Intersections", Central University Library, B. P. Hasdeu Hall
2013 Iasi „The Other Me” Grand Hotel Traian gallery
2014 Schwarzenbek gallery Mucha, Germany
2014 Suceava "Inter - worlds", Center for architecture, urban culture and landscape "Water Plant"
2015 Schwarzenbek “Imaginary Worlds”, Mucha Gallery, Germany
2016 Chisinau "Imaginaria", Municipal Library B.P. Hasdeu, Republic of Moldova
2016 Freibourg, Cathedrale Gallery, Switzerland
2017 Iasi “Ritual of passage”, Union Museum
2017 Nuremberg Transfiguration, Tiny Griffon Gallery, Germany

2018 Iasi, "Sculpture, symphony of vibrations", Mihail Kogalniceanu Memorial Museum
2018 Munich, "Kunst, Musik und Fabelwesen", Consulate General of Romania, Germany
2018 Iasi, "Marble Hall" art gallery, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
2018 Bucharest, "Continuous Transformations", ArtYourself gallery

2019 Strasbourg, "Three-Dimensional Writings", Espace B Gallery, Council of Europe, France
2019 Falticeni, "Plasmuiri", Ion Irimescu Art Museum
2019 Brasov, "About books and other delicacies", Humanitas bookstore
2019 Galati, "Paths and logos", Galati Museum of Visual Art


AWARDS


First prize for youth of the annual Salon of the UAP Artis 2000 branch
Scholarship of the Union of Visual Artists for sculpture - 2003
Prize for sculpture "Iftimie Barleanu", Annual Salon of the UAP Iasi branch, Artis 2004
The "Silver Lime" Medal Ipotesti 2005
Award of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Moldova - Salons of Moldova 2007
Sculpture Award Annual Salon of the UAP Iasi branch, Artis 2008
The U.A.P.R. for sculpture, Lascar Vorel Biennial edition XIII 2013
Grand Prize of the Eminesciana competition exhibition 4th edition, 2014
Prize for sculpture in the exhibition "ARTIS Salon 2017"
Sculpture Award in the exhibition "Intercultural and Artistic Dialogues" 2018
Inventive Medal 2019
Diploma of excellence, sculpture section, Arts Gala 2019 Galati
Cultural Merit offered by the City Hall of Iasi 2020


SYMPOSIUMS


National Symposium "ART AND SACRALITY", Cucuteni, 2002
Sculpture symposium at the Festival "Hategana", Hateg, 2003
White House Sculpture Symposium, Gura Humorului, 2005
Artis 600 sculpture symposium, Iasi, 2008
Celic-Dere Watercolor Symposium - Argamum, Tulcea, 2008
The international sculpture symposium artFORest, Singeorz-Bai, 2012
Iskenderun International Sculpture Symposium, Turkey, 2013
Painting and sculpture camp "Union Square, Arts Square" within the International Education Festival FIE 2014, Union Square, Iasi, 2014
Painting and sculpture camp "Plastic artists in Moinesti", Moinesti, 2015
Tescani painting camp, George Enescu National Museum, Tescani 2016
Metal sculpture camp Galati 2016
Painting camp "Artists in the Danube Delta", Lower Dunavatu, Tulcea, 2017
Painting camp "Visual artistic interferences in a European context", Sucevita, Suceava, 2019
Painting camp "Artists in the Danube Delta", Lower Dunavatu, Tulcea, 2019