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"In the battle against the lie Art has always been victorious"
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Alexander Solzhenitsyn)
The role of art in a totalitarian country, as Romania was in my youth, is different than it is in the free world. Under a totalitarian regime the art is either forced to surpass its esthetical function, to engage in the fight against the Lie, exposing it, or to be a simple tool used by those regimes to distort the reality. In those circumstances the truth could not be openly spoken, therefore it took unusual forms, which were hard to grasp at first glance.
Most of my work done in Romania does not easily reveal itself to the hurried viewer. These paintings have hidden connotations, although always a message based on general human values, which could not be freely expressed in a totalitarian regime. Scenes of everyday life acquire expressionist and dramatic nuances, the chromatic palette usually being based on deep, grave tones, seldom touched by light tones, used not to solve the mystery but to accentuate it. Still there is hope; there is the power to trust in a better and just world.
The artist is a pilgrim on the road toward the divine. He is on a dynamic waiting pathway and each piece comes as a step forward in understanding reality and communicating it to the world. The steps are not symmetrical. They might have different forms and heights, the artist trying to avoid walking monotonously and repeating himself. In this process of becoming, the artist perhaps should follow Gabriel Marcelís words: "For the Subject to speak, one must allow Him to converse".
I want my art to be a witness and a challenge for the viewer who wants to know and understand a different culture, a dark, sad period in the history of a nation; a period that should not be repeated anywhere, ever.