What advice do you have for anyone interested in pursuing art as a full time passion?
If you feel that you are gifted and you have a strong and very determinate way of working harder every day, no matter how difficult at the beginning, after a while, the sun will rise for you.
Where have you exhibited?
I have exhibited in Romania over the past three years and managed to do a private show on the Cote d’Azur, Saint Tropez, at the gallery of a great man and artist, Georges Cotos. It was an unforgettable experience. I have also exhibited in France along with two other Romanian artists. I have some proposals from Germany and Paris in the next year. I intend to exhibit in the United States when I find a suitable agent.
Do you feel that any spiritual force(s) guides you in your creations?
Yes. I feel like I got along with my birth, the energy of a gene that evolves, as my being and physical and spiritual development is becoming ever stronger. Some say this is a gift or talent. There must be continuity in any action for an entrepreneur in life to succeed.
What are your future plans?
I wish I could work as much as possible and have the opportunity to exhibit in many cities of the world. I would like my work to be known by many people and feel that my message is striking a chord and touching people. Artists should primarily be trainers, teachers and pioneers in communicating great truths of humanity. The family is also very important. I feel and live like a normal person and am especially blessed with a beautiful family. I have two children, Eveline and Erik. Together with my wife, I raise them alone without any help from our families and we feel proud of it. Giving birth to a new soul and more importantly, to make sure it can grow and live normally, in my opinion, is the ultimate work of art.
Prior to the 1989 revolution, Romania was under the control of the Iron Curtain, how have things changed there since and what has the transition towards a more free market economy been like?
Romanian society suffers when it is stronger. After the fall of communist regime, former communist party members established new positions and robbed all the wealth of a country built under the enormous sacrifices of generations that were under the communist yoke. All major companies were privatized illegally, all farms were dismantled and the land has been “cut” and sold mafia-style, the natural reserves had the same fate. Basically, a handful of people now own all of Romania. It is sad because we have an extraordinary human potential. Unfortunately, most of the young, talented, and dedicated immigrate to the West for a better life. Our children will feel the repercussions when they wake up in a battle with a malignant system.
The world is a complicated and intricate place. How does your art represent or defy modern day assumptions and lifestyles?
I try to move to the inside of contemporary human feelings. Unfortunately, in this the day, we have lost simple human qualities. We have become more artificial, more dependent, more selfish, more impersonal than in any other era. Our society needs to change immediately; otherwise, we will get into a strong spiritual crisis.
Do you ever get discouraged with life as an artist?
No. Never. I am a positive type of human being so every second I enjoy what the universe gives to me. I like simple things and especially the natural energy I find all around us.
What effect do you feel that art has on society – does it primarily reflect or influence?
Art should have a major influence on all, starting with the youngest and ending with the most aged, but unfortunately, it depends very much on the level of education of each individual and how society supports education. In countries that are strong and diverse, art education plays a major role and is one of the dominant factors of socio-human evolution. I believe that education is most important, starting with the first years of life of every individual.
What is the art scene like in Romania?
The Romanian art world is in a profound change for the better. The younger generation of artists represents a broad movement and has already started to appear in collections within the United States and Europe, both at the private and institutional level. There are several young galleries in Bucharest and Timisoara sustained by people dedicated to art that are increasingly present in the “top league” of the arts: the Biennale and international fairs. Compared to previous generations, we are much more open and receptive to global artistic freedom, experimentation, chance and especially the much easier ability to travel outside Romania.
Do you have any favorite musical styles or musicians?
I really like the kind of eclectic music that combines influences and styles – far more than the music attracted me to Dead Can Dance. Lisa Gerard attracts me, especially her voice. I really like Tori Amos, Bjork, Deep Forest, Massive Attack, U2, Depeche Mode and more recently, Coldplay.
What is your favorite medium to work with?
KLOSKA is currently looking for U.S. representation and can be contacted at http://www.kloskart.com/
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