26 nov. 2011

Serban Savu

Heavy Light, 2008, Oil on canvas, 71 x 100 cm
1st of May, 2008, oil on canvas, 140 x 200 cm
I am a Voyeur, 2007
Oil on canvas
43 x 60 cm
Far from the Sea, 2007
Oil on canvas
23 x 35 cm
"Untitled", 2007, oil on canvas, 24 X 40 cm
In the Shadow oh the Dam, 2008, oil on canvas, 146 x 123 cm
Weekend 2, 2007
Oil on canvas
64 x 100 cm
The guardian of the valley, 2008 (oil on canvas)
The Edge of the Empire, 2008, oil on canvas, 126 x 190 cm
‘Mountain of nostalgia’ 2008 (oil on canvas)
Concrete Needs More Time to Harden, 2008, Oil on canvas, 110 x 160 cm
The Football Game, 2007, oil on canvas, 80 x 120 cm
About Love, 2007
oil on canvas
60 x 43 cm
The Shepherd, 2008, oil on canvas, 80 x 75,5 cm
The Chariot Driver, 2009, oil on canvas

Serban Savu (1978, Sighisoara, Rumanía) Vive y trabaja en Bucarest.
Miembro de la joven generación de artistas de Cluj, en el norte de Rumania, que estudiaron juntos en la Academia de Cluj, y que desde 2005 han aparecido en la escena artística  internacional. Es un grupo que también incluye a Víctor Man, Adrian Ghenie y Ciprian Muresan. Ellos están unidos por su formación, y en particular por el deseo común de huir de la institución y su enfoque académico. Los une la experiencia compartida y sus raíces  durante su infancia en el comunismo y adolescencia  presenciando su desintegración. 
Pintura figurativa que nos muestra el paisaje "rururbano" que choca contra la ciudad y esas formas de ocio dispersas que se dan en la periferia de algunas ciudades y pueblos de la Rumanía industrializada.
Es un artista poco conocido en España. 

(ENG)


Savu is one of a young generation of artists from Cluj, in the north of Romania, who trained together at the Academy there, and since 2005 have emerged rapidly onto the international scene. It is a group which also includes Victor Man, Adrian Ghenie and Ciprian Muresan. They are linked by their training, and particularly by the common desire to flee the institution, and its academic approach, and a shared experience of childhoods rooted in communism and adolescences spent witnessing its disintegration.
Serban Savu is a figurative painter. His skilfully rendered canvases capture the daily existence of contemporary Romanians at work and leisure. Savu treats his protagonists’ facial characteristics in a generic manner, causing their individual identities to remain elusive. Interior scenes depict people unaware of our gaze and absorbed in their own worlds, viewed through glass and embedded in compositions governed by architectural features. Exterior rural landscapes often portray solitary figures in the middle-distance, isolated and overwhelmed.

Savu's oeuvre is thus a series of poignant, observational snapshots that obliquely reveal the psyche of the ‘ordinary’ Romanian as the country experiences political change and economic growth. His subject is the figure in both the urban and rural landscape, but it is a landscape, and a subject that is itself subject to rapid change as the socio-economic situation of Romania shifts as the country enters the European Union.

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