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Mircea Suciu

Mircea Suciu born in 1978 in Baia Mare (RO), lives and works in Cluj (RO)

Mircea Suciu works with different materials such as acrylic, oil and often combines them with monoprint techniques. For a long time his works were based on images he found in newspapers, magazines and other media. The themes he choses are mainly socio-political and psychological orientated.The artist has a particular interest in the way the individual appropriates the behaviour of the mass during manifestations and therefore loses his own identity. Recently elements, such as props, curtains, covered objects and people struggling with heavy entities, like big balloons have appeared in his new works.

For Mircea Suciu the process is at least equally important as the final image. He likes to work in series in order to exhaust the imagery and to transform them in a way that the viewer gets different perspectives on a certain topic. Since last year he started making his own photographs so that he can combine different realities and visuals in one work. Despite a complex and layered creation process the surface of each work has a unified quality. Suciu envisions works that are difficult to define in time and space. By using a staged process of creation, destruction and restoration, his surfaces seem to have suffered and give the impression of embodying an intense history. Painting is a loaded and heavy medium that Mircea Suciu wants to honour. This implicates a dialogue with the past but also with the future, because as an artist he searches for new areas in painting by pushing limits and possibilities and looking for a position of his own in a contemporary world filled with new media.

In 2014 a large drawing installation was on view at the Gwangju Biennial in South Korea, which consisted of charcoal drawings with monoprints. He also participated in the 4th Prague Biennial, 11th Istanbul Biennial and 16th Vilnius Painting Triennial. In 2017 several of his works were on view at the Timisoara biennial.

Work by Mircea Suciu has been on view in several group exhibitions at Kunstmuseum Bochum, Weserburg Museum in Bremen, Museum Beelden aan Zee in The Hague, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Espace Louis Vuitton in Paris, Fondation Francès in Senlis, Maison Particulière in Brussels, MODEM Center for Modern and Contemporary Art in Debrecen and Mucsarnok Kunsthalle in Budapest.


   
 
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
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  2016   'Ship of Fools', Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp Borgerhout (BE)
  2015   'The Fracture', National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest (RO)
      'Root and Branch', Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp Borgerhout (BE)
  2012   'Black Milk', AEROPLASTICS contemporary , Brussels (BE)
  2011   'Telltale', Galerie Brandt, Amsterdam (NL)
      'Full Moon', Laika Gallery, Cluj (RO)
  2010   'A Matter of Life and Death', SLAG Gallery, New York (US)
  2009   'The Fall', SLAG Gallery, New York (US)
  2008   'How Deep The Rabbit Hole Goes', SLAG Gallery, New York (US)
  2007   'Mircea Suciu', Galerie Mie Lefever, Destelbergen (BE)
     
 
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
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  2018   'Works on Paper I', Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp Borgerhout (BE)
  2017   'Doing Identity. Die Sammlung Reydan Weiss', Kunstmuseum Bochum (DE)
      'Art Encounters 2017: Life a User’s Manual', Timisoara (RO)
      'Proof of Life', Museum Weserberg, Bremen (DE)
      'Beyond the pleasure principle - Affective Operations', Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (PL)
  2016   'XVI International Vilnius Painting Triennial: Nomadic Images', Vilnius (LT)
      'Mir ist das Leben lieber. Sammlung Reydan Weiss', Weserburg Museum, Bremen (DE)
  2015   'Raoul De Keyser, Johannes Kahrs, Mark Manders, Mircea Suciu, Patrick Van Caeckenbergh', Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp Borgerhout (BE)
  2014   'Works on Paper I', Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp Borgerhout (BE)
      'Transformation. Romanian Art 25 Years After the Revolution', Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague (NL)
      'Defaced: a selection of works by contemporary Romanian painters', BMoCA, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder (US)
      'Burning Down the House', Gwangju Biennale, Gwanju (KR)
      'Full House - 15 Years of Inventory and Exhibitions at Aeroplastics Contemporary', AEROPLASTICS contemporary, Brussels (BE)
      'This Side of Paradise', Sotheby S2, London (GB)
  2013   'Viewing Room', All Visual Arts, London (GB)
      'Scènes Roumaines', Espace Louis Vuitton Paris, Paris (FR)
      'In Alle Staten', Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent (BE)
      'Nightfall New Tendencies in Figurative Painting', Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague (CZ)
      'Between The Lines', All Visual Arts, London (GB)
      'Sex, Money and Power', Maison Particulière Art Center, Brussels (BE)
  2012   'Hybride', Fondation Francès, Senlis (FR)
      'Vic - Very Important Chair', BARIL, Cluj (RO)
      'Hoodoo Eternity', AEROPLASTICS contemporary, Brussels (BE)
      'Metamorphosis: The Transformation of Being', All Visual Arts, London (GB)
      'Nightfall - New Tendencies in Figurative Painting', MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts, Debrecen (HU)
      'Referencing History', Green Art Gallery, Dubai
      'European Travellers', Mucsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest (HU)
  2010   'Colectia Mircea Pinte', Muzeul de Arte Cluj-Napoca, Cluj (RO)
      '...de porc', Muzeul de Arte Cluj-Napoca, Cluj (RO)
  2009   'That’s All Folks!', Cultuurcentrum Brugge, Bruges (BE)
      'Without Hintersinn', SLAG Gallery, New York (US)
      'Prague Biennale 4', Prague Biennale, Prague (CZ)
  2008   'Against All Odds', SLAG Gallery, New York (US)
      '15 Romanian and Hungarian Painters', Galeria Plan B, Cluj (RO)
      'Under Natural Circumstances - Contemporary Art from Transylvania', MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts, Debrecen (HU)
      'Artists of the Gallery', Galerie Mie Lefever, Destelbergen (BE)
  2007   'Painting', Preview Gallery, Bucharest (RO)
  2006   'The Beauty and the Beast', Anaid Art Gallery, Bucharest (RO)
  2003   'Group Exhibition', Mestna Galerija / City Art Gallery Ljubljana, Ljubljana (SI)
     
 
PUBLICATIONS
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  2015   Picturing People - The New State of Art
Thames and Hudson, London (GB) - texts by MULLINS Charlotte
      Belvedere - Cincisprzece conversatii cu artisti contemporani
Editura Trei, Bucharest (RO) - text by ZARZINI Adina
      Drawing People: The Human Figure in Contemporary Art
Thames and Hudson, London (GB) - texts by MALBERT Roger
  2014   Burning Down The House. Gwangju Biennale 2014
Damiani Srl, Bologna (IT) - text by MORGAN Jessica
  2013   Vitamin D2 - New Perspectives in Drawing
Phaidon Press Limited, London (GB) - text by NEAL Jane
      Romanian Scenes
Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris (FR)