Booth #617

Artist Bio:
A native of Romania, I studied painting and sculpture at The School of Popular Arts prior to pursuing a degree from The University of Theology. Before coming to the USA, I taught Religion and History to elementary school children. Since 1995 I have been exhibiting in Chicagoland and Soho, New York. From my hard-working middle-class Romanian family, I learned human dignity and persistence. I am driven to create powerful paintings.

I pull my ideas from day-to-day life. Because I experience strong emotions while painting, I express them in strange shapes and brilliant vibrant colors. Sometimes I experience elation nervousness and anxiety when my dreams seem to vanish into thin air. Yet, the tornadoes of life cannot kill my spirit. I believe in myself; I believe in my work. I believe in the potential of each new day. Knowing about difficult lives of other masters drives me to paint with passion. I love the work of those who have gone before me, especially Picasso, Leger, Klee, Van Gogh, Matisse, and Giacometti. Because I constantly attempt not only to integrate but to transcend their learning, I believe my unique signature has evolved in my own work through my discovery of mixing caulking and acrylic paints to create a three-dimensional, textural, woven effect. As creative human beings, we simultaneously incorporate and transcend the past.

Additional Info:
Solo Exibition – MacNIDER ART MUSEUM, IA – Nov. 20 2008 – Feb 2009
Group show – ANDREWS ART MUSEUM, NC – June 2009
Iarca Gallery 700 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, 2000-2008
Iarca Gallery 307 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, 2004-2006
Iarca Gallery 7339 El Passeo, Palm Desert, CA 2004-2008
Iarca Gallery 475 N. 5th Ave, Napels FL 2004-2009

“There is no bottom line in art. A painting is always incomplete, and that very incompleteness fascinates me, driving me to reflect on the perfection and imperfection of the world and of the human soul, God is the Perfection of everything, we are just the imitators.”
Costel Iarca

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